Rear Adm. Jeffrey Jablon is a native of Frostburg, Maryland. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1987 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from James Madison University.
His sea tours include division officer assignments on USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686), navigator and operations officer aboard USS Olympia (SSN 717) and executive officer aboard USS Key West (SSN 722). He commanded USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) in Groton, Connecticut, and was commodore of Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 5 in Bangor, Washington. Jablon was recognized by the United States Naval Submarine League with the Jack Darby Award for Inspirational Leadership in 2007.
His staff assignments include: tours as assistant professor of naval science at Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, University of Virginia; the special projects officer on the staff of the Commander, Submarine Force United States Pacific Fleet; the naval warfare submarine strategist at the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM); the Commander, Submarine Development Squadron (COMSUBDEVRON) 12 deputy commander for training; the Naval Submarine School prospective commanding officer instructor; and as the division director of Submarine/Nuclear Power Distribution (PERS-42).
His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.