Rear Adm. (ret) Jay A. DeLoach was born in San Diego, Calif., and followed in the family tradition of Naval Service by graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978. From 1978 to 1986, he entered training and service in submarines, completed 10 strategic deterrent patrols. From 1987-89, he was the Sonar Transducer Branch Chief at Naval Sea Systems Command. Upon completing active duty, he affiliated with the Navy Reserve and served in a broad spectrum of assignments, including Naval Intelligence, OPNAV N87 Submarine Warfare staff, Navy Recruiting, Commander 7th Fleet staff, and Naval Sea Systems Command Inspector General.
Rear Adm. DeLoach commanded Naval Reserve (NR) Submarine Squadron 6 Detachment 504, NR OPNAV Detachment Site-R, and NR 7th Fleet Detachment 111. He stood additional duty as a Duty Captain in the Navy Command Center in the Pentagon. He completed two extended active duty assignments with the Joint Staff J7 working on Joint Doctrine and Professional Military Education initiatives. His first flag assignment was Deputy Commander, Submarine Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Director of the Submarine Reserves. He also served as Vice Chairman of the National Naval Reserve Policy Board.
Rear Adm. DeLoach has earned three advanced degrees: master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval War College; master’s in Nuclear Engineering from University of Virginia; and a master’s in Business Management from Central Michigan University.
In September 2003, Rear Adm. DeLoach was appointed an Honorary Chief Petty Officer by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry Scott. His personal military decorations include Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), and Navy Achievement Medal (3).