Vice Adm. Lowell E. Jacoby assumed the duties of his final assignment as the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency on Oct. 17, 2002. He was commissioned in May 1969 from Aviation Officer Candidate School. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a Masters Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, completing all requirements for a sub-specialty in strategic planning. His first sea duty tour was as intelligence officer with Fighter Squadron Twenty-Four, flying F-8Js off USS Hancock (CV-19). Following a combat deployment, he served with the Seventh Fleet Detachment in Saigon, Republic of Vietnam. A series of shore and sea duty assignments followed his return from Vietnam. Vice Adm. Jacoby has served as the command's senior intelligence officer in each assignment he has held dating back to October 1985. This included Carrier Group Eight, Second Fleet/JTF 120, Naval Military Personnel Command, and U.S. Pacific Fleet. He was the second Commander, Joint Intelligence Center Pacific and Director for Intelligence, U.S. Pacific Command. He served as Commander, Office of Naval Intelligence, 57th Director of Naval Intelligence, and Joint Staff J-2 before assuming his present duties. Vice Adm. Jacoby's personal decorations include two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, and other personal, service and campaign awards. He has received the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement from the Director of Central Intelligence and the Australian Chief of Defence Force Commendation.