LCDR Jeffrey "Jeff" Palmer, USN
Lieutenant Commander Palmer is a native of Fairfax, Va., and graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Economics, and a minor in Spanish Language. He holds a Master of Science degree in meteorology and physical oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in business administration from Old Dominion University.
LCDR Palmer was assigned as a Student Naval Flight Officer to Training Wing SIX in Pensacola, Fla., in 2001. He transferred into the Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) community in 2002 and was assigned as the Regional Division Officer at Naval Training Meteorology and Oceanography Facility, Pensacola. After completing the Basic Oceanography Accession Training program in 2003, LCDR Palmer reported to Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Norfolk, Va., where he qualified as Forecast Duty Officer, Command Duty Officer, and Ship Routing Officer. He also served as the Tropical Support Officer during the historically active 2004 and 2005 Atlantic hurricane seasons.
After completing studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, LCDR Palmer was selected as an Associate Fellow for the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group XXVIII in Newport, R.I., charged with developing breakthrough concepts for Navy unmanned systems. In 2009, he reported to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) as a Joint Operations Center METOC Watch Officer, where he completed a successful deployment to CENTCOM Forward Headquarters in Qatar.
LCDR Palmer transferred to Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Detachment Norfolk in 2010, where he served as the Assistant Officer-in-Charge and Officer-in-Charge for METOC personnel attached to Naval Special Warfare units in the eastern United States. While attached to Naval Special Warfare Support Activity TWO, he served as METOC Division Officer and Technical Special Reconnaissance Department Head, completing a successful deployment as Officer-in-Charge of a specialized coordination group supporting Task Force operations in Iraq. He also was the first METOC officer (and first non-SEAL for an East Coast unit) to serve as a Cross Functional Troop (CFT) Officer-in-Charge, leading a team of multiple technical and Information Dominance Corps specialties supporting intelligence collection, completing a successful deployment to Afghanistan in support of SEAL Team TWO.
In 2013, LCDR Palmer reported to the staff of the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, as the Current Operations Officer and Operations Knowledge Manager, before reporting to the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center as the Executive Officer.
LCDR Palmer’s awards include the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and various unit, service, and campaign awards.