A native of southern Illinois, CDR Jeff Powell graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, SC, with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and was commissioned as an Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps through Officer Candidate School in August 1996. He holds a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. CDR Powell reports to NMCB 133 after serving as the Assistant Regional Engineer for NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic.
After completing the Civil Engineer Corps Officer Basic Course in Port Hueneme, California, he was assigned to the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, VA, as an Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction. In 1999, he transferred to U.S. Navy Cargo Handling Battalion ONE in Williamsburg, VA, serving as Engineering Officer and Detail OIC for deployments to Australia, Spain, and Antarctica for Operation Deep Freeze.
In 2001, he joined Naval Mobile Construction Battalion THREE, homeported in Port Hueneme, CA, and served as Training Officer, Air Det OIC, Delta Company Commander, and Det Sasebo OIC, completing deployments to Rota, Spain and Sasebo, Japan. From 2003-2004, CDR Powell served as the flag aide to the Commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific in Honolulu, HI.
Following graduate school in 2005, CDR Powell was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, SC as Public Works Officer. During this tour he deployed to Iraq as an individual augmentee with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving as the FOB Loyalty Resident Office OIC in Baghdad from October 2006 to April 2007.
In 2008, CDR Powell assumed the duties of Executive Officer for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE THIRTY-THREE in Gulfport, MS, completing deployments to Okinawa, Japan and Kandahar, Afghanistan. He reported to FIRST Naval Construction Division in July 2010 and served as the Future Operations Officer until June 2012.
Commander Powell is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer, a registered Professional Engineer, and a Level III certified member of the Defense Acquisition Corps. His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, and three Navy Achievement Medals.