Cole served 30 years in the U.S. Navy in a wide range of command and staff assignments in the U.S. and overseas. Her various duty assignments included tours at the Naval Network Warfare Command in Norfolk, Va.; as ACOS for C2 Systems and Policy for Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain; Fleet Information Systems Officer for Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan; and Special Assistant for Diversity to the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. She was designated an Information Dominance Warfare Officer in October 2010. She retired in February 2012 following her last assignment as commanding officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific in Wahiawa, Hawaii.
Cole holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and a Master of Science in space systems operations from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
She joined MOAA in November 2012.