Jeffrey J. Jarvensivu
January 4, 2014
Jeffrey Jay Jarvensivu, 48, of Dunkirk, MD died in Baltimore, MD on January 4, 2014.He was raised in a rural closely-knit Finnish community in Northern Wisconsin where he attended a small public school and excelled in academics, sports and Boy Scouts, achieving the elite rank of Eagle at age 15. In addition to working on his family’s farm, Jeff earned extra money by trapping and logging. His hobbies included shooting, cross-country skiing, hunting, fishing and military history.
Colonel Jeffrey J. Jarvensivu started his military career in 1982 by enlisting in the US Army as an infantry scout serving in the 6th Infantry Division (Arctic Light) in Alaska. He was soon awarded a national level Army ROTC scholarship in 1983 and attended the University of Wisconsin where he was commissioned an Intelligence Officer in 1987. His first assignment was as an Imagery Intelligence section leader in the 205th Light Infantry Brigade’s 247th Military Intelligence Detachment and he completed two tours as a counterintelligence instructor at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. In 1990, Jeff was called to active duty and served in various artillery and intelligence, battalion, and brigade staff positions in III Corps and 501st MI Brigade in Korea. After leaving active duty in 1996, he joined the 1st MI Group in Phoenix, Arizona serving as the ACE Chief. Jeff volunteered for mobilization in 2003 to the Joint Intelligence Task Force – Combating Terrorism (JITF-CT) DIA CSE at USNORTHCOM until August 2006 supporting Operation Noble Eagle in Cheyenne Mountain. From 2006 to 2009 he served at the Pentagon in the National Military Command Center as a Deputy Director for Intelligence (J2). In 2009 he was selected for command in the 2300 MI Group at NSA until April 2012 when he was promoted to Colonel. He currently serves as the G7-Cyber, Military Intelligence Readiness Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. His military awards include two Distinguished Meritorious Service Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals as well as numerous other Joint, Campaign and Service medals.
Jeff’s significant civilian employment history began as an Intelligence Group Supervisor for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Tucson, Arizona in 1996. In 1998, he was selected as the senior criminal intelligence officer for the Arizona State Police specializing in gangs, narcotics, extremists, and organized crime from 1998 to 2003. In 2003, Jeff accepted a position with the DoD Counterintelligence Field Activity and served as the senior counterintelligence and law enforcement analyst before being mobilized, then returned briefly in 2006 before selection as the senior intelligence officer in the Standing Joint Force HQ – North.
In 2007 he was selected as the Chief, Operations Division JITF-CT at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), in 2011 selected as Chief, Plans and Policy Division (ARO), and in 2013 Deputy Chief for Office of Analytic Enterprise Operations (AEO), all in the Directorate for Analysis (DI).
In 2000, the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigator’s Association (IOMGIA) awarded Jeff the Annual International Enforcement Award in recognition of the key role he played in developing large criminal cases against the Hells Angels and other gangs. Jeff has been an active member of IALEIA (International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts) since 1996. Additionally, he has been awarded lifetime certification by the SCCA (Society of Certified Criminal Analysts), one of only eighty such lifetime members worldwide. While working as an Intelligence analyst for DEA as well as the Arizona State Police, he received numerous awards and commendations stemming from his analysis leading to successful high profile criminal cases and prosecutions of organized crime, including employee of the year in 1998.
His background and education include: Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Staff School, US Army Intelligence Basic & Advanced programs with specialties in counterintelligence, signals and cyber intelligence. He possesses a B.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin, a M.A. Degree in Strategic Intelligence Analysis from the American Military University and a M.A. Degree in Strategic Studies from resident US Army War College studies in 2011. Jeff is a noted advisor, speaker, instructor, and expert in intelligence, analysis and knowledge management in the law enforcement and intelligence communities with appearances at the International Chiefs of Police Conference, FBI Academy, Government Information and Analytics (GIA) and numerous other international conferences, events, training films and forums.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Valerie; his parents, Ronald and Constance Waller Jarvensivue of Tomahawk, WI; sons, Ensign Benjamin Williamsz of Portsmouth, VA and Isaac Williamsz of Melbourne, Australia; and brother, Brian Jarvensivu and his wife Lisa of Tomahawk, WI and his border collies, Massie and Josie. His sister, Susan Philipps, predeceased him.
A memorial service was held on January 11, 2014 at Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department. Rev. Walter Beaudwin of Smithville UMC officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to The United States Wounded Warrior Program, 200 Stovall Street, Suite 7N57, Alexandria, VA 22332-5000 or online at giftstoarmy.army.mil/woundedwarrior.aspx. Condolences may be sent to raymondwood.com .Arrangements were provided by Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Dunkirk