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U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Scott Jerabek is the Deputy Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) located on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The DTRA mission is to safeguard the U.S. and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (WMD), specifically chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive threats, and improvised threats by providing the means to prevent and counter the proliferation of WMD and improvised threats and to reduce, eliminate, and mitigate their effects. This includes helping ensure the U.S. maintains a safe, secure, effective and credible nuclear weapons deterrent. As the DoD Combat Support Agency for the Counter WMD and improvised threats mission, DTRA develops and provides operational support for associated capabilities to warfighters worldwide.
The son of a Korean War veteran, Admiral Jerabek enlisted in the Navy in 1979 and then commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at the University of Nebraska. His first sea assignment was aboard USS Gray (FF 1054) as gunnery officer, legal officer and damage control assistant. He was later assigned aboard USS Missouri (BB 63) as turret II officer and nuclear weapons security officer. He served ashore as executive officer of the Navy Reserve Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and officer in charge of Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 114.
He was the senior Navy representative in the Air Tactical Operation Center, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for Operation Southern Watch. In 2003 he was a Task Unit Commander in Umm Qasr, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom, responsible for the defense of Iraq’s strategic port. He was Commodore, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 1 in San Diego from 2006 to 2008, and commanded an Inshore Boat Unit, a Naval Special Warfare detachment. He was the director of the Navy Element, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He was the commanding officer of the U.S. Forces, Japan Detachment, and Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces, Japan, during Operation Tomodachi. His first flag tour was as Deputy Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command. He was commander, Navy Warfare Development Command from 2013 to 2014 and recently served as Director, J7 (Theater Engagement), U.S. Southern Command from 2014 to 2016.
Admiral Jerabek holds a Master of Foreign Affairs from the School of Advanced Military Studies, Operational Arts Fellowship, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and a Master of Business Administration from Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas.
Rear Adm. Scott Jerabek - Deputy Director
Shari Durand - Acting Director
Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Horn - Command Senior Enlisted Leader