Jonathan Baron, Commander, U.S. Navy
Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific
Commander Jonathan Baron of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, graduated from The College of the Holy Cross and was commissioned an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps in May 1999. Receiving his flight training in Corpus Christi, Texas and Pensacola, Florida, he was designated a Naval Aviator in April 2001.
Commander Baron started his fleet service with the "Grandmasters" of HSL-46, where he made deployments in USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG-79) and USS SPRUANCE (DD-963), conducting Maritime Security and Interdiction missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM on U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command waters.
In January 2005, Commander Baron was assigned to the “Pioneers” of VX-1 as a MH-60R Operational Test Director. He was responsible for MH-60R Electronic Support, MK-54 Lightweight Torpedo interface, and Aircraft Survivability Equipment improvement evaluations. While assigned, he embarked USS IWO JIMA (LHD-7) in support of Joint Task Force Katrina Disaster Relief operations along the Gulf Coast.
In February 2008, Commander Baron was assigned to Commander, CARRIER STRIKE GROUP EIGHT (CCSG-8), deploying aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) to U.S. Southern Command and twice aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) to U.S. Central Command. During this tour, he served as Helicopter Element Coordinator, Air Operations officer, and Flag Battle Watch Captain for Task Force 50.
For his Department Head tour, Commander Baron was assigned to the "Raptors" of HSM-71 in July 2010. He served as Administration Officer, Detachment FOUR Officer-in-Charge in USS DEWEY (DDG-105), and Squadron Maintenance Officer in USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74). He completed two deployments to U.S. Central Command, supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from the Arabian Gulf and Sea littorals.
In March 2013, Commander Baron reported to US Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command – Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JFCC-ISR), Washington D.C. He served as Deputy Chief, Airborne Sensitive Reconnaissance Operations, facilitating approval of global Combatant Commander requested ISR authorities.
Commander Baron joined HSM Weapons School Pacific in June 2015 as Executive Officer.
Commander Baron holds a Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He has accumulated over 2,700 flight hours and has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four), Humanitarian Service Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.