CAPT Edward "Ed" Katz, a native of Mayville, Michigan, graduated Mayville High School in 1980 and entered Naval Service that same year.
He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) in 1988 and Limited Duty Officer (LDO) 6180 Ensign in 1992. His assignments afloat include Leading Electronic Warfare Technician in USS RANGER (CV 61); EW Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO) in USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55); Electronic Readiness Officer aboard USS FLATLEY (FFG 21), where he earned his Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) Qualification and was part of the Decommissioning Team; Radar Division Electronic Material Officer (EMO) in USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), where he was Special Details Conning Officer and COMNAVAIRLANT Ship-handler of the Year; and Combat Systems Officer (CSO) in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), where he earned the Battle Efficiency "Green Communications C" and completed back-to-back deployments to the FIFTH, SIXTH and SEVENTH Fleet AORs.
Ashore, CAPT Katz served as an Electronic Warfare Technical Instructor and LCPO at NTTC Corey Field Pensacola, FL; Force Electronics Material Officer for Commander, Naval Computers and Telecommunications Command, Washington D.C.; Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems and Intelligence (C5I) Department Head for Special Boat Team TWENTY TWO, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, where he maintained C5I for Navy Special Warfare SBTT internal headquarters and abroad, while riding out and recovering from Hurricane Katrina; NAVSEA 05 Lead Strike Force Interoperability Officer and Military Deputy at Combat Direction Systems Activity, Dam Neck Annex, Virginia Beach, VA, where he championed the NAVSEA 05 World-Wide C5I Interoperability team under one organization and improving Strike Group awareness and communication pertaining to C5I Interoperability and Readiness through a Dream Team approach. His most recent tour was the Assistant Chief of Staff (N6) for Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, where he represented an amazing C5I team who established critical Cyber Security training and assistance to more than 70 ships, while intensely managing Fleet C5I maintenance, modernization practices, and associated training for the Atlantic Fleet.
CAPT Katz graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Management in 1999. His personal awards include Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (Gold Star in lieu of two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (Gold Star in lieu of five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (Silver Star in lieu of six awards), and various unit and service awards.