Jan M. Adams graduated with a bachelor of science
degree in mathematics in 1975 and joined the U.S. Naval
She was commissioned as a U.S. Navy officer in 1976
and began a rapid advancement through a number of prestigious
A Houston native, Adams also has earned a master of
science in information systems management from the Naval
Postgraduate School in 1982 and a master of arts in
strategic studies from the Naval War College in 1985.
In August, 1993, she became commanding officer of
Naval Station Pascagoula, becoming
the Navy's youngest female ever
to command a naval station and
the only commander in the U.S.
Navy in command of an operational
In June she was assigned to the Joint Staff Directorate
for Command, Control, Communications and Computers in
Adams' military awards include the Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, two awards of the Navy Meritorious Service
Medal, three awards of the Navy Commendation Medal,
the National Defense Service Ribbon and the Sharpshooter
She is a certified data processor and was selected
as a 1994 Mississippi Gulf Coast Woman of Achievement.