Feb. 11, 2019: Kathleen Jabs was appointed as the Virginia Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs by Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. Jabs was most recently the Deputy Director of Management and Public Affairs Officer at the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the U.S. Department of Defense. Jabs retired from the U.S. Navy as a Captain with twenty-seven years in the military. Jabs received a master of fine arts degree from George Mason University and a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.