Rear Admiral John Jolliffe, a Detroit native, graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering.
Following selection to flag rank in 2009, Jolliffe was assigned as vice commander and reserve deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain. In 2012, Jolliffe assumed his present duties as deputy commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet in San Diego.
A career nuclear submarine officer whose sea assignments included USS Henry Clay (SSBN 625), USS Drum (SSN 677), USS Guitarro (SSN 665), and USS Pintado (SSN 672) was a U.S. Pacific Fleet ship handler of the year, who qualified for command at sea of nuclear submarines.
Shore assignments included duty as a Chief of Naval Operations intelligence watch officer at the Pentagon; aide and flag lieutenant to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe in London/Allied Joint Forces Command in Naples; aide and flag lieutenant to the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic/U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia; and U.S. Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examination Board (NPEB) member in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Jolliffe commanded four Navy Reserve units: USS McKee (AS 41); Navy Base San Diego; Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He also served as deputy commander, Readiness Command Navy Region Southwest and as the Navy’s defense support of civil authorities emergency preparedness officer to the U.S. Army.
Jolliffe was one of the first officers designated a joint specialty officer in the Navy and is currently designated a joint qualified officer (JQS level III). He has completed various executive business courses at Babson, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flager, and is a CAPSTONE graduate.
Military awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Defense Meritorious Service medal, Meritorious Service medal (2 awards), Joint Service Commendation medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (3 awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards).
In his civilian career, Jolliffe resides in La Jolla, California, and is the owner and chief executive officer of an international trade corporation and is licensed by the Department of Homeland Security as a U.S. Customs broker.