(? - living) U.S.A.
Captain Joan E. Darrah joined the Navy in 1973 and served as a Naval Intelligence officer. Highlights of her career include attending the Naval War College in 1981. After graduating, she then served as the Aide and Flag Secretary to the President of the Naval War College. Other assignments included Deputy Director of the Human Resources Directorate at the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Intelligence Community Senior Detailer and Community Manager at the Bureau of Naval Personnel.
From June 1997 until July 2000, she was assigned as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander at the Office of Naval Intelligence. Her final assignment was on the staff of the Director of Naval Intelligence where she was the Officer and Enlisted Community Manager from July 2000 until June 2002 when she retired. Captain Darrah's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Since her retirement, she has been very active in working to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". She is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church and Vice President of the New Alexandria Citizens Association. In the warmer months, she teaches sailing at the Belle Haven Marina. Captain Darrah lives with Lynne Kennedy, her partner since 1990, in Alexandria, Virginia.