Christopher C. Jason
Commander, Unites States Navy
Born abroad and raised in Sarasota, Florida, Commander Jason graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in September of 1998 and reported to VAQ-129 for training in the EA-6B Prowler.
In February 2000, Commander Jason reported to the “Cougars” of VAQ-139 and completed two Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployments onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72). During this tour, he participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM, and the “Shock and Awe” phase of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Additionally, he graduated from the Electronic Attack Weapons School.
From April 2003 to January 2006, Commander Jason served as an EA-6B Instructor at VAQ-129. He served as the Tactics Phase Head and Safety Officer and as the Officer-in-Charge of a 130-personnel carrier-qualification detachment.
In February 2006, Commander Jason reported to the “Gauntlets” of VAQ-136, based in Atsugi Japan, as Training Officer. He completed two Western Pacific deployments onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63).
In June 2007 Commander Jason reported to the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Fort Leavenworth Kansas, where he earned his JMPE Phase I credit as well as a Master of Arts degree in International Relations form Webster University.
In September of 2008 Commander Jason reported to the “Garudas” of VAQ-134 to serve as Tactics and Maintenance Department Head. During the squadron’s 2009 expeditionary deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, he flew over 90 missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and developed Electronic Warfare integration procedures with Army, Air Force, and NATO units.
In September of 2010 Commander Jason reported to the Joint Staff J-5, Deputy Directorate for Joint Strategic Planning, to serve as policy planner for global defense posture. He authored DoD’s governing instruction for the management of overseas basing, creating a formal process to link strategy to resourcing.
Commander Jason reported to VAQ-134 in March of 2013 and assumed command in June of 2014 while deployed on board USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77). Commander Jason’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with Combat “V”, seven Strike/Flight Air Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, and three awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards. He has accumulated over 2,600 flight hours with over 2,500 hours in the EA-6B.