Captain Lyn M. Yatko graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Minor in Russian language. In June 1999 she earned a Masters of Science Degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College. She has been a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resource Certification Institute since 2004.
Her professional military education includes the Defense Language Institute, where she graduated with proficiency in the Italian language, the Italian Joint War College, earning a dual Master’s degree from this war college and from the University of Milan in International Military Strategic Studies, as well as Joint Military Professional Education Phase I.
In June 2009 she graduated from Joint Forces Staff College, earning JPME Phase II from the Joint and Combined Warfighting School. She earned the Joint Qualified Officer (JQO) designation in 2009.
Captain Yatko's first duty assignment was Naval Station Pearl Harbor, where she served as the first OIC of Transient Personnel Unit Pearl Harbor. After returning to the U. S. Naval Academy in 1995 to serve as an Admissions Officer, she was then assigned to Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, Pearl Harbor, HI, as the Training Support Department Head. She then reported to Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN, where she worked in Pers-4, Navy Personnel Distribution, as the HR Placement Officer, responsible for officer placement for over 150 commands.
In 2006, during her studies in Rome, Italy, Captain Yatko was selected for HR LCDR Milestone and subsequently transferred to The Joint Staff, Washington, DC, in the J1 Manpower and Personnel Directorate. While there she worked in the Joint Officer Management Branch and then as Executive Assistant and Executive Officer for Director, J1. Having screened for HR Commander Milestone in 2008, she then served from 2009 to 2011 as Officer in Charge of the Navy Mobilization Processing Site Norfolk, VA, during which she was responsible for the care and processing of over 11,000 IA/GSA naval personnel in a deploying and redeploying status. In 2011 she transferred to Naples, Italy, serving as Chief of Protocol to Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples. In 2013 she became the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Manager for the U.S. Naval Academy. Screening for HR CAPT Milestone in 2015, she transferred in March 2016 to serve as the Deputy Director, Total Fleet Force Manpower and Personnel (N1) at U.S. Pacific Fleet Command. In June 2018, she assumed her current position as Director, Manpower and Personnel (J1), U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.