Captain Katherine Erb is a native of Scotia, N.Y. She graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, and was commissioned an Ensign in the Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer community. She also earned a Master of Science Degree in Material Logistics Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., in 1993; and is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps, where she is certified in the Production, Quality, and Manufacturing and Life Cycle Logistics career fields.
Captain Erb has an extensive background in organizational and intermediate level maintenance. From 1986 through 2000, her tours included Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), Naval Air Station (NAS) Bermuda; Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 44 at NAS Mayport, Fla.; AIMD Officer at Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia; Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 at NAS North Island, Calif.; and Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135 at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. She completed deployments aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operations Desert Fox and Southern Watch; and to Incirlik, Turkey, in support of Operation Northern Watch.
Captain Erb was the Director of the Aviation Maintenance Officer School in Pensacola, Fla., and was on the staff of the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as the Deputy for Aviation and Aircraft Carrier Maintenance. She reported to Commander, Electronic Attack Wing Pacific, as the Officer in Charge of Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment Whidbey Island in 2004, and transitioned the Command into the Fleet Readiness Center Northwest in 2006. She served at the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., as the Maintenance and Supply Integration Performance Improvement Branch Head and Enterprise AIRSpeed Project Officer.
More recently, Captain Erb was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness Division (N43) as the Aviation Readiness Branch Head. She reported to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) in Pensacola, in June 2011 as the Executive Officer, and assumed command of the Center in April 2013.
Captain Erb’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit, campaign, and service awards.