CAPT Jeff Plaisance
Captain Plaisance is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California and was commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in December 1994. After completing flight training in Pensacola, Florida, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in September 1996 and transferred to the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30), at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, where he trained to become a Navigator and Tactical Coordinator.
Captain Plaisance’s operational assignments include a junior officer tour with Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8), a tour as Flag Secretary and Aide with Carrier Strike Group SEVEN (CSG-7), a department head tour serving as Operations Officer with Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10), and a tour as Navigator onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73). He has flown over 3,000 hours in support of Operations Deliberate Guard, Joint Guardian, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
His shore assignments include a Weapons and Tactics Instructor tour with Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE (CPRW-5), a tour as an FRS Instructor and Evaluator at VP-30, a tour on the Joint Staff in the Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber, J6, Directorate as the Spectrum and Improvised Explosive Device Branch Chief, and a tour as a Battle Watch Captain in the Navy Operations Center under Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (OPNAV N3/N5). Additionally, he commanded Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1) and deployed operational Science and Technology detachments to Alaska, Senegal, Cape Verde, Qatar, El Salvador, and Curacao. His last assignment was as the Deputy Director, National Leadership Command Capabilities Management Office, Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense. In this role, he conducted oversight and developed policy for Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications, Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Communications, and Senior Leader Communications.
He currently serves as the Navy Military Assistant on the Defense Business Board.
He is authorized to wear the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two gold stars), Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three gold stars), and other organization and personal awards.