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CAPT Loren M. Jacobi

A native of Springfield, Virginia, Captain Loren “Wookie” Jacobi graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2001, earning a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture.  

CAPT Jacobi began his operational flying in July 2003 with the “Dragonwhales” of HC-8, deploying onboard USS SEATTLE (AOE 3), USS NASSAU (LHA 4) and USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3). He participated in IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and supported humanitarian assistance operations in Haiti. 

CAPT Jacobi served as an instructor at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, qualifying as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Mountain Flying Instructor and Joint Terminal Attack Controller.  

In 2008, CAPT Jacobi joined the “Wildcards” of HSC-23 in San Diego, CA where he served as the squadron Training Officer, managed the squadron’s transition to the MH-60S Armed Helicopter system and trained Naval Air Ambulance Detachments for combat deployments in Kuwait and Iraq.  

At the completion of his Training Officer tour in 2010, CAPT Jacobi reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he completed a master’s degree in Systems Engineering and was awarded the prestigious Wayne E Meyer Awards for Excellence in Systems Engineering.    

In 2012, he reported to the “Golden Falcons” of HSC-12.  While stationed in Atsugi, Japan, CAPT Jacobi conducted four patrols in Southeast Asia onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), including Operation DAMAYAN disaster relief in the Philippines.  

Following his Department Head tour, he served as the Helicopter Sea Assignments officer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee and as Technical Operations Engineer for Flight Test at Amazon Prime Air drone delivery team under the Secretary of the Navy Tours With Industry program.

CAPT Jacobi completed his first command tour leading the “Wildcards” of HSC-23 from March 2018 through June 2020. HSC-23 operated both the MH-60S and MQ-8B while leading DOD unmanned-unmanned integration and earning the Battle “E” and  Safety “S.” Following his command tour, CAPT Jacobi reported to Commander, Naval Air Force as N81, Manpower Requirements.  

He completed his second command tour leading the “Merlins” of HSC-3 where the squadron met all FY22 CNATRA production goals for MH-60S and MQ-8 while exceeding targets for aircraft readiness. Following HSC-3, he reported to Commander Naval Air Force as Force Requirements Officer. 

His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), individual action Air Medal (1).

Last Updated: 30 January 2024

 

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