Rear Adm. Loveless assumed his current duties at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, in February 2013.
Born in Chicago and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1986. He 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.
At sea and 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, Southern Watch, Vigilant Sentinel, and Vigilant Warrior in Iraq, and United Shield in Somalia; assistant intelligence officer for Carrier Group Four 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 Five, Battle Force Seventh Fleet (CTF 70), and U.S. Seventh 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, Md., and with the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS J2) and Director of Naval Intelligence (OPNAV N2) at the Pentagon. Most recently, he commanded U.S. Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Operations Center (PACOM JIOC), Pearl Harbor from 2009 to 2012.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and various other personal, campaign, and unit awards including the Edwin Layton Award for Leadership in Naval Intelligence, the U.S. Army’s Knowlton Award for Military Intelligence, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award for intelligence provided by PACOM JIOC during Operation Tomodachi following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan.