Jim is responsible for customer relations efforts for Ingalls Shipbuilding programs with the Department of Defense, Navy, Coast Guard and other governmental agencies.
Prior to joining HII, Jim served as vice president of Naval Requirements and Capabilities at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies. In this role, Jim led the overall Naval Requirements and Capabilities efforts supporting the Raytheon Missiles & Defense Naval Power mission area. He was responsible for supporting the company’s strategic relationships and messaging with senior U.S. Navy Department leadership as well as allies and international partners across the globe.
Jim retired from the U.S. Navy after 34 years of service. A career Navy surface warfare officer, he has extensive leadership experience in international military operations, Joint Staff and interagency defense policy development, Navy staff operations and strategy and legislative branch processes. He served as the Department of the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C., providing oversight, direction and execution of all congressional legislative functions and strategy for the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations.
At sea, he served aboard numerous frigates and destroyers on both U.S. coasts as well as Yokosuka, Japan including USS Meyerkord (FF 1058), USS Conolly (DD 979), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and commanded USS Thach (FFG 43). He also commanded Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 made up of seven frigates and destroyers serving as sea combat commander for the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom.
Ashore, he 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. 3rd Fleet in San Diego, CA and as chief of staff and Maritime Operations Center (MOC) director to the commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Manama, Bahrain. He also served as director, Navy Senate liaison in the Office of Legislative Affairs.
His flag officer tours include deputy commander, Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet (Manama, Bahrain), commander, Carrier Strike Group 1(San Diego, CA), deputy chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3N5B), and most recently as the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs.
Loeblein holds a bachelor’s in applied science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a master’s degree in national security and strategic study studies from the Naval War College. He is also a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI program.