CAPTA|N JAMES A. HUFF, USN (RET.)
Captain Huff had parallel professional careers in the Department of Veterans' Affairs and Naval lntelligence. Jim completed his eight-year obligation to the United States Marine Corps through an active reserve program. This program allowed him to complete both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Houston, while fulfilling his eight-year military obligation.
During the Vietnam War, Jim was recruited for a direct commission in a United States Naval lntelligence Program. Jim's education and civilian specialties were chemistry, biochemistry, and psychology. The Navy was seeking individuals with skills in basic science, computer science, and "exotic" linguists. Following intensive training by the Navy, he volunteered for active duty to debrief returning Navy/Marine POWs from Vietnam in 1973.
Concurrent with his Veterans' Administration career in medical research and executive health care positions, he served 28 years as a Naval lntelligence Officer in multiple active reserve units. He served three tours of active-duty. His overseas assignments included Australia, Iceland, London, and Asia/Pacific.
Captain Huff earned 11 Naval lntelligence Certifications. These certificates are known as Navy Officer Billet Codes (NOBC). Examples of these certifications are: Air lntelligence Officer, Naval Attache, Photo lnterpreter, Anti-submarine Warfare Officer, and Naval lnvestigative Service Officer. Jim volunteered for active duty during the first Gulf War (1990-1991.)
He commanded a US Naval lntelligence team of seven during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The Navy team was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service medal and a Joint Meritorious Unit Award for their distinctive accomplishments before and during hostilities. Captain Huff was also awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal. Captain Huff was injured while on active duty and formally retired from Naval lntelligence in November 1996.
Date of lnformation: January 13, 2014