Rear Admiral James T. Loeblein
Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Rear Admiral 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, Calif. and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
At sea, he served as Main Propulsion Assistant, CIC Officer and Chief Engineer Officer aboard USS Meyerkord (FF-1058); Chief Engineer Officer in USS Conolly (DD-979); and Executive Officer in USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. As Commanding Officer of USS Thach (FFG-43) he participated in two Strike Group deployments to the Arabian Gulf. He commanded Destroyer Squadron Nine (CDS-9) serving as Sea Combat Commander for the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom.
Ashore, Loeblein 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. Third Fleet; he also served as Chief of Staff and Maritime Operations Center (MOC) Director to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, Bahrain; Most recently he served as the Director, Navy Senate Liaison in the Office of Legislative Affairs.
Loeblein’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (two gold stars), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two gold stars), and various campaign, unit, and service awards.