Rear Adm. Adrian Jansen is a native of Los Angeles, California, and the son of Dutch-Indonesian (Indo) immigrants. Both his father and step-grandfather were Dutch military officers and POWs during World War II. In 1979 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and reached the rank of machinist mate 3rd class. He was commissioned in December 1984, through the NROTC Scholarship Program graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
In addition to his undergraduate degree from UCLA, Jansen’s education includes a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF).
Jansen is a Navy Foreign Area officer (FAO). He is proficient in Dutch, German, Mandarin and Indonesian. A former surface warfare officer (SWO), he has served in aircraft carriers, frigates and amphibious ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific.
Jansen’s sea tours include assignments as main propulsion officer aboard USS Constellation (CV 64); Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) officer aboard the Royal Dutch Navy Frigate HNLMS Pieter Florisz (F-826); main propulsion assistant aboard USS Essex (LHD 2); chief engineer aboard USS Juneau (LPD 10), executive officer aboard USS Cleveland (LPD 7); commanding officer of USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and executive officer aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4).
Ashore, Jansen has served as the requirements officer for surface warfare officer and amphibious training, in the Office of the Director of Surface Warfare (N86); as the military advisor for plans and policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; as executive assistant in the Office of Director of Expeditionary Warfare (N85); served in the U.S. Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia, as the U.S. naval attaché (ALUSNA); and most recently, in the U.S. Embassy, Beijing, China as the defense attaché.
Jansen has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal as well as various unit and campaign awards.