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 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).
Jabaley’s sea tours include 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 (SUBRON) 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. From September 2008 to July 2012, he served as Virginia Class Submarine program manager, delivering four of the Navy’s newest fast attack submarines.
Jabaley was selected for flag rank in 2011; his first flag assignment was as vice commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. He relieved as NAVSEA deputy commander for Undersea Warfare in July 2013, and assumed additional duties as commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center September 19, 2014. He was selected for his second star in March 2015.
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 Admiral J. Guy Reynolds Award for Excellence in Submarine Acquisition. He is proudest of the accomplishments of his crew in earning the SUBRON-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.