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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The CWPA Remote series continues as Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Hall of Fame member George Gross, Jr., talks with Indiana University of Pennsylvania alumnus/retired United States Navy Vice Admiral Matt Kohler.

Kohler, who retired from the Navy in June 2020 following a 36-year naval career, was appointed deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare and director of naval intelligence in June 2018.

As an intelligence officer, he deployed worldwide supporting combat operations in numerous aircraft carrier strike groups and amphibious groups.

His early staff tours included U.S. Naval Forces Europe, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Joint Warfare Analysis Center, U.S. Special Operations Command and Joint Interagency Task Force South.

Kohler served in fleet, interagency and combatant command leadership positions as an information warfare officer following his promotion to admiral.

Some of those positions included director of intelligence, U.S. Africa Command; deputy director of naval intelligence, deputy commander, fleet cyber command/U.S. 10th Fleet; and deputy chief of tailored access operations, National Security Agency.

The Navy’s Information Warfare Type Command was established during his most recent assignment as commander of Naval Information Forces.

Kohler graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and was commissioned as a naval intelligence officer in 1984 through the Aviation Officer Candidate school.

Kohler holds master’s degrees in computer science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and military history from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.


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