Rear Adm. James Loeblein is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina. A 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
At sea, he served aboard USS Meyerkord (FF 1058), USS Conolly (DD 979) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). He commanded USS Thach (FFG 43), participating in two strike group deployments to the Arabian Gulf. He commanded Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, serving as sea combat commander for the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom.
Ashore, he was assigned to the Joint Staff (J5 Directorate) as an Asia Pacific political-military planner and was selected as a 2002 U.S. Fellow to the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. He served as the executive assistant to the commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet and chief of staff and Maritime Operations Center (MOC) director to the commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, Bahrain. He also served as director, Navy Senate liaison in the Office of Legislative Affairs. He is also a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI program.
His flag officer tours include deputy commander, Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet, commander, Carrier Strike Group 1, and most recently as assistant deputy chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3N5B).
Loeblein has earned various personal, campaign, unit and service awards.