Lt. Cmdr. Jake "Rabbit" Staab
Lt. Cmdr. Jake “Rabbit” Staab is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Jake attended the University of Louisville’s Speed Scientific School graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. He was commissioned as an Ensign after completing Officer Candidate School in June of 2008 and was designated a naval flight officer (NFO) in 2010.
After completing fleet replacement training at Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, Staab reported to his first assignment with the “Skinny Dragons” of VP-4 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, serving as public affairs officer, ground safety officer, 200 division officer, and NFO training officer. He completed 2 multi-site deployments to Bahrain, Kadena, Misawa, Sigonella, Souda Bay, and Rota. During this tour he earned designations as a P-3C tactical coordinator (TACCO), mission commander, and instructor TACCO.
Staab completed his second sea tour with the “Wizards” of Special Projects Patrol Squadron (VPU) 2, completing six operational detachments in multiple areas of responsibility. In 2015, while attached to VPU-2, Staab was designated an instructor sensor coordinator and assistant NATOPS instructor. Staab was also named Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 2’s “2015 Junior Officer of the Year”.
For his third sea tour, Staab served as the assistant operations officer and tactical officer for chief of naval operations special project element at Fleet Support Unit (FSU) 10, deploying as the officer-in-charge (OIC) to the United States Central Command and United States European Command areas of responsibility in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, and one OIC deployment to the United States Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility in support of ongoing operational requirements. Staab was also designated a VQ (electronic warfare) weapons and tactics instructor (WTI) in 2017 during his tour with FSU-10.
In 2018, Staab’s first shore assignment was completed at Naval Aviation School’s command, aviation preflight indoctrination. Staab served as the aviation water survival department head as well as instructing aviation navigation, flight rules and regulations, and crew resource management.
Staab was selected as department head with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 in 2020 and served as the deputy operational test director for the MQ-4C Triton program. Staab then was selected to serve as the maintenance officer, ensuring test-ready assets across five T/M/S for operational test and evaluation.
Staab has been serving as the executive officer of VX-1 since July 2023.
Staab has accumulated over 3,300 hours in the P-3C and MQ-4C and has been awarded the Air Medal (six awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), as well as numerous unit and campaign awards.