Vice Admiral Matthew J. Kohler,
deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/director of Naval
Intelligence, served as the keynote speaker for the Cyber Security Symposium
held on November 7, 2019, on the IUP campus.
During his visit to IUP, Vice
Admiral Kohler, a 1983 graduate of the Management Information Systems
Department, had the opportunity to spend time with students, faculty, and
administrators of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.
The students, faculty, and
administration appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Vice Admiral
Kohler’s career path and enjoyed the Q&A session included in the
Admiral Kohler gave us the unique opportunity to see the link between
Management Information Systems and the US Armed Forces, and he gave insight onto a
side of life that many of us would never experience,” said
ISDS major Jake Pascarella. “He was very insightful
about the advantages and challenges of his position and was very interested in
making sure we were able to ask whatever questions we had. I think he’s a great
example of the opportunities available to us upon graduation at IUP.”
ISDS major, Graeme Camp, was honored to meet with Vice Admiral Kohler. “This
was such a great experience for us to meet privately with someone at his level
and learn about some aspects of cyber security and the Navy. This was a unique experience, and I
appreciated learning about him and how he has worked his way through various
position in the Navy.”
“What really stood out to me during
our meeting with the vice admiral was how he encouraged us to take some time
and understand the situation you are working with before you make any major
changes to the technology of the job,” said Edward Pykosh,
ISDS major. “He also encouraged the students to
strive for a challenge and not settle for something easy.”
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Vice
Adm. Matthew 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 US Naval Postgraduate School and in military history from the
US Army Command and General Staff College.
As an intelligence officer, he deployed worldwide supporting combat operations
in numerous aircraft carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups.
His early staff tours include US Naval Forces Europe, Bureau of Naval
Personnel, Joint Warfare Analysis Center, US Special Operations Command, and
Joint Interagency Task Force South.
Kohler has served in fleet, interagency, and combatant command leadership
positions as an information warfare officer since his promotion to admiral,
including director of intelligence, US Africa Command; deputy director of
Naval Intelligence; deputy commander, Fleet Cyber Command/US 10th Fleet; and
deputy chief of Tailored Access Operations, National Security Agency. The
US Navy’s Information Warfare Type Command was established during his most
recent assignment as commander, Naval Information Forces.
He assumed duties as deputy chief of naval operations for Information Warfare
and as the 67th director of Naval Intelligence in June 2018.
Kohler is the recipient of various personal, unit, and campaign awards, including
the Edwin T. Layton Leadership Award, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior
Service Medal (four awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.