Rear Adm. (ret) James E. Beebe is a native of Wahiawa, Hawaii and a graduate of Leilehua High School. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1975 receiving a bachelor's degree in ocean engineering.
His naval career began with assignment to USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN 601) gold crew as First Lieutenant. This was followed by completion of the naval nuclear propulsion training program at Mare Island, Calif., and Idaho Falls, Idaho, in 1977. Upon completion of the Submarine Officer's Basic Course (SOBC) in Groton, Conn., he reported to USS George Washington (SSBN 598) Blue crew as Reactor Controls Officer. He subsequently served as the ship's Damage Control Assistant and Assistant Navigator/Communications Officer.
Rear Adm. Beebe affiliated with the Naval Reserves in 1981 and served tours as Department Head for the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Naval Forces Central Command, and Logistic Task Force Pacific staff reserve units. He served as reserve unit Executive Officer for Commander, Submarine Squadron 7 (CSS-7)and Commander Submarine Forces Pacific reserve units. His first command was Competent (AFDM 6) floating drydock reserve support unit in Pearl Harbor which earned the Battle Efficiency 'E'. His command assignments also include the CSS-7 staff reserve unit, United States Pacific Command Naval Reserve Detachment 120 recipient of the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation and U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Naval Reserve Detachment 219 recipient of the FY 1998 Leo V. Bilger award.
Beebe also served as the Reserve Manpower Director for Commander Submarine Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commanding Officer of Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Detachment 420 Management Assessment Team (MAT) unit. This unit provided professional management consulting services and support to the Pacific Fleet Commander's staff. Detachment 420 was recently honored as recipient of the FY 2000 Leo V. Bilger award. Rear Adm. Beebe’s final assignment was as Director, Submarine Reserve and Deputy Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. As Director, Submarine Reserves he was responsible for more than 3,000 Reservists across 98 reserve units supporting the Submarine Force. As Deputy Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet he was responsible for approximately 1,500 Naval Reservists assigned to 48 reserve units spread across 11 states supporting the Pacific Submarine Force. He was also assigned as Deputy Commander, Navy Region Hawaii. Rear Adm. Beebe is a graduate of the Naval War College Joint operations, Strategy and Policy and National Security/Decision Making courses.
Rear Adm. Beebe's personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal and various service ribbons.