A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Rear Adm. Michael 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, Rhode Island, he entered nuclear power and submarine training.
Jabaley’s sea tours included assignments aboard USS Drum (SSN 677), USS Ohio (SSBN 726), USS City Of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) and command of USS Louisville (SSN 724) from May 2002 to August 2004.
On shore, Jabaley has served on the staff of Commander, Submarine Group 8 in Naples, Italy; as a technical assistant to the director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion; on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an operations officer in nuclear operations; as senior inspector of the Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team and Force Navigator on the staff of Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and as deputy commander, Submarine Squadron 1 in Pearl Harbor.
In January 2006, Jabaley reported to PMS 450, the Virginia Class Submarine Program Office, where he served as assistant program manager for Warfare Requirements and Test and Evaluation. In September 2008, he was relieved as the Virginia Class submarine program manager.
Jabaley was selected for flag rank in 2011; his first Flag assignment was as vice commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. In July 2013, he was assigned NAVSEA deputy commander for Undersea Warfare and in September 2014, he assumed an additional role as commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center.
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. He 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 Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. He is the first recipient of the Naval Submarine League’s Vice Adm. J. Guy Reynolds Award for Excellence in Submarine Acquisition. He is proudest of the accomplishments of his crew in earning the Submarine Squadron 3 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.