U.S. Navy Ensign Kaitlin J. Baker, daughter of Jim and Louise Baker, graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. on May 28, 2010, and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
While at the academy, Baker earned her varsity letter, an N Star, in cross country, served as a 2nd Regimental Commander her senior year, was awarded the class of 1897 sword for outstanding leadership of the 2nd Regiment, and was one of 25 midshipmen from the class of 2010 awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Midshipmen Graduate Award for having met the highest standards of leadership, academic excellence, and military performance.
Following graduation, Ensign Baker has been assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD), where she will continue training in Panama City, Fla. for dive school, Explosive Ordnance School at Eglin Air Force Base, Destin, Fla., and then proceed to an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit where she will begin her service.
Considered one of the top educational institutions in the country, the U.S. Naval Academy was founded in 1845 and has graduated more than 60,000 men and women as Naval and Marine Corps officers. Its graduates include 4,000 admirals and generals, one president, 200 members of Congress, three governors, 73 Medal of Honor winners, one Nobel Prize winner, and 40 astronauts.
The Naval Academy currently has more than 4,000 students who comprise the Brigade of Midshipmen and who come from every state in the union.
Ensign Baker is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School.