Rear Adm. Michael E. Jabaley (Photo by Naval Undersea Warfare Center)
Rear Admiral Jabaley graduated with high honors from Vanderbilt University in 1984 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. Following commissioning via Officer Candidate School in Newport, R. I., he entered nuclear power training. After one year of training, he taught as an instructor at the S8G land-based nuclear reactor prototype for an additional year. He then served from 1987 to 1989 as a division officer in USS Drum (SSN 677), making two deployments to the Western Pacific.
Jabaley then served for two years in Naples, Italy, on the staff of Commander, Submarine Group Eight, before returning to the fleet in 1992 as engineer officer in USS Ohio (SSBN 726) (Blue). During his tour, he completed three strategic deterrent patrols, served as the combined crew engineer for the first SSBN 726 class engineered overhaul, and completed the post overhaul shakedown in Port Canaveral, Fla.
From 1995 to 1997, Jabaley served as a technical assistant to the director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, in Arlington, Va. He served as executive officer in USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) from 1997 to 1999, deploying to the Mediterranean Sea, and then served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an operations officer in Nuclear Operations.
Jabaley relieved in command of USS Louisville (SSN 724) on May 24, 2002. From September 2002 to May 2003 the ship deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean, Arabian Gulf, and Red Sea, launching Tomahawk missiles in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jabaley completed his command tour Aug. 5, 2004.
Following command, Jabaley served as senior Inspector of the Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team and Force Navigator on the staff of Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet until July 2005. He then served as deputy commander, Submarine Squadron One in Pearl Harbor. In January 2006, Jabaley reported to PMS 450, the Virginia Class Submarine Project Office, serving as assistant program manager for Warfare Requirements and Test and Evaluation. On Sept. 5, 2008, he relieved as the Virginia-class submarine program manager. He served as vice commander, Naval Sea Systems Command from May 2012 to June 2013, and relieved as NAVSEA deputy commander for Undersea Warfare in July 2013. He was promoted to flag rank May 1, 2013.
Jabaley holds a master’s degree in Engineering Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a graduate of the Command and Staff Course of the Naval War College, and of the Joint and Command Staff Officer School of the Armed Forces Staff College (National Defense University).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and various campaign and service awards. He is the first recipient of the Naval Submarine League’s Vice Admiral J. Guy Reynolds Award for Excellence in Submarine Acquisition. He is proudest of the accomplishments of his crew in earning the Submarine Squadron Three Battle Efficiency Award, awarded to USS Louisville in January 2004, and the accomplishments of his staff in earning the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, awarded to the Virginia Program Office in October 2008.
He was sworn in as commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, on Sept. 19, 2014.