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Jennifer D. Hailes

Mrs. Hailes received her B.S. from University of Maryland and her M.S. from Shippensburg University both in Mathematics. She was commissioned in the United States Air Force and served 6 years as a Scientific Analyst conducting Operations Research studies in the manpower, personnel and logistics fields. Following her release from active duty, Mrs. Hailes worked as a defense contractor for 10 years for three different companies as both a software and database developer and later as a supervisor for multiple Information Technology (IT) projects. Mrs. Hailes became a Department of the Navy civilian employee in 2006 when she accepted an appointment as the COMNAVMETOCCOM Database Administrator at Stennis Space Center.

In 2007, she took another DON civilian position as the Deputy Oceanographic Information System (OIS) Program Manager and Functional Data Manager for the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO). While in this role, she initiated and managed the NAVOCEANO Geospatial Data Services (NGDS) enterprise effort to provide over 100 Open Geospatial Compliant (OGC) Web Services to the fleet and tracked the execution of a $17M annual average IT budget. In 2012, Ms Hailes assumed the position as Director of the Geospatial Analysis & Support Division in the Warfighting Support Center at NAVOCEANO. In this capacity, she supervised over 35 government, military and contractor personnel in diverse fields such as System Administrators, Geospatial Scientists, Imagery Analysts and Oceanographers managing all the dissemination, geospatial services and IT systems on three different classification networks.

In 2019, Mrs. Hailes returned to COMNAVMETOCCOM as the Deputy Technical Director. She was responsible for investigating, governing and resourcing innovative Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) initiatives for operational transition particularly in the areas of IT/Data Science, unmanned maritime systems (UMS) and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS).

Mrs. Hailes received the DON Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2011 and Superior Civilian Service Award in 2022.

Last Updated: 12 July 2023


Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command | 1100 Balch Blvd. | Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529

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