Public Relations Officer

Lieutenant Commander Richlyn C. Ivey

Public Affairs Officer, Expeditionary Strike Group 2

Lieutenant Commander Richlyn Ivey is a native of Georgetown, South Carolina and is a 2005 graduate of Florida A&M University where she received a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations. In 2011, Ivey received a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. In 2015, Ivey graduated from the U.S. Naval War College with a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Ivey most recently served as chief, media relations/operations at the North American Aerospace and Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She also serves as the public affairs officer to the deputy commander, U.S. Northern Command.

From 2011-2014, Ivey served in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy as the speech writer and public affairs officer, and a public affairs officer on the Navy’s news desk as a Navy spokesperson at the Pentagon.

In October 2011, Ivey completed an assignment in the Department of the Navy’s Office of Information Communication, Integration, and Strategy department where she was responsible for the alignment of Navy-wide communication products through the management of the Navy Public Affairs Calendar, a tool used for Communication Integration globally and across all Navy commands and assisted in the development of talking points, “Rhumb Lines,” for flag officers and senior Navy leadership, including Under Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations.

In December 2010, Ivey completed a temporary assignment as the deputy public affairs officer, Secretary of Defense Comprehensive Review Working Group for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
In December 2008, Ivey completed Defense Information School in Ft. Meade, Maryland, and reported to Chief of Naval Personnel as the deputy public affairs officer.

Before becoming a public affairs officer in 2008, Ivey served as a surface warfare officer. Ivey’s first tour of duty was as Combat Information Center Officer and collateral duty public affairs officer aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG 57). Ivey earned a surface warfare pin and completed two deployments to the Western Pacific. Ivey served as the Fire Control Officer aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) for her second tour of duty.

Her personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and various other service medals and ribbons.

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