Wendy J. Kay, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. She assists the Director of Staff in providing advice and assistance to the Secretary, Chief of Staff, Under Secretary and Vice Chief of Staff on numerous aspects of Air Force policies, plans and programs. As Deputy Director of Staff, she maintains a continuing extensive interface with other elements throughout the Air Force, the White House, Department of Defense, National Security Council and State Department. She coordinates, integrates and synchronizes the efforts of the entire headquarters staff and plans, coordinates and executes programs, policies and procedures for unique and politically sensitive projects.
Prior to this assignment, she was the Director, Security, Special Program Oversight and Information Protection, Office of the Administrative Assistant, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Ms. Kay has previously served as the Senior Director for Intelligence, Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, Senior Director for Security, Deputy
Under Secretary of the Navy and Deputy, Department of the Navy/Assistant for Administration.
Ms. Kay joined the Navy as an intelligence officer in 1989. She simultaneously transitioned to the Navy Reserve intelligence program and became a Navy Civilian Intelligence Analyst in 1991. Ms. Kay spent 23 years in Navy intelligence, conducting operational, strategic and law enforcement intelligence analysis related to counterdrug, civil maritime and other topical intelligence issues.
1988 Bachelor of Arts, History, Briar Cliff College, Iowa
2013 Joint Professional Military Education, Phase One, Naval War College, R.I.
1989 - 1994, Intelligence Watch Officer, Joint Task Force Four, Key West, Fla.
1994 - 1998, Department of Defense Liaison Officer, El Paso Intelligence Center, El Paso, Texas
1998 - 2007, various leadership positions, Office of Naval Intelligence, Suitland, Md.
2007 - 2012, Senior Director for Intelligence, Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2012 - 2013, Senior Director for Security, Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2013 - 2015, Deputy, Department of the Navy/Assistant for Administration, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2015 - 2019, Director, Security, Special Program Oversight and Information Protection, Office of the Administrative Assistant, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Arlington, Va.
2019 – present, Deputy Director Staff, Headquarters Air Force, Arlington, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Navy Commendation Medal
Joint Achievement Medal
Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award
Department of the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Meritorious Presidential Rank Award
(Current as of July 2019)