Born in Chicago and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Rear Adm. Loveless graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1986 and completed graduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a Federal Executive Fellow.
During operational assignments, he served as air intelligence officer for Tactical Air Control Squadron 21 deploying to the Mediterranean Sea in USS Iwo Jima (LPH 2); staff intelligence officer for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. 5th Fleet, forward-deployed to Manama, Bahrain, participating in Operations Desert Storm, Desert Strike, and Southern Watch (Iraq), and United Shield (Somalia); assistant intelligence officer for Carrier Group 4 and NATO Striking Force Atlantic sailing the Western Atlantic and Caribbean Sea in each U.S. Atlantic Fleet aircraft carrier and USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20); assistant chief of staff for Intelligence (N2) for Carrier Strike Group 5, Battle Force 7th Fleet (CTF 70), and U.S. 7th Fleet, forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, sailing the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean in USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19); and director of Intelligence (J2) for Joint Task Force 515 participating in Operation Enduring Freedom – The Philippines (OEF-P).
Ashore, he served at the Navy Operational Intelligence Center in Suitland, Maryland, and with the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS J2) and director of Naval Intelligence (OPNAV N2) at the Pentagon. He commanded U.S. Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Operations Center (PACOM JIOC), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from 2009 to 2012. Previous Flag assignments include Director of Cyber and Electronic Warfare Programs and Director of Intelligence Operations for the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N2/N6) at the Pentagon.
In addition to multiple personal, unit, and campaign awards he is the recipient of the Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton intelligence leadership award, the U.S. Army’s Knowlton Award for Military Intelligence, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with PACOM JIOC during Operation Tomodachi following the 2010 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan.