Jonathan B. Baron, Commander, U.S. Navy
Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific
Commander Baron was born in Manila, Republic of the Philippines. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor's Degree in Naval Architecture. After commissioning, he was assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS 821) in Washington D.C. and Commander, US Naval Forces Europe, London, UK.
Commander Baron was designated a Naval Aviator in 1995 and subsequently reported to the Airwolves of HSL-40, Naval Station Mayport, FL for initial qualification in the SH-60B. His first operational assignment was with the Swamp Foxes of HSL-44 from 1996 to 2000. He deployed on US Underwood (FFG-36), USS Elrod (FFG-55), USS Thomas S Gates (CG-51), and USS Halyburton (FFG-40).
Commander Baron's first shore assignment was with the Seahawks of HSL-41 in San Diego, CA as a Fleet Replacement Instructor Pilot. During that tour, he earned his Master's Degree from the University of San Diego. For his disassociated sea tour he served as COMCARGRU SEVEN's Assistant Air Operations Officer, aboard USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74). Before his fleet department head tour, he returned to HSL-41 as the Operations Officer.
Commander Baron joined the Warlords of HSL-51, Naval Air Field Atsugi, Japan in 2004. There, he served as the "Airboss" aboard USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), USS Cushing (DD-985), USNS F W Stockham (TAK-3017) and the Squadron Maintenance Officer. He was HSL-51's 2006 Officer of the Year.
From 2007 to 2010, he was assigned to NATO's Joint Warfare Centre, Stavanger, Norway, where he served as Information Manager and Officer in Charge, Core Battle Staff Training Team, ISAF Headquarters/ISAF Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.
He returned to the Seahawks of HSM-41 and transitioned to the MH-60R where he, once again, qualified as a Fleet Replacement Instructor Pilot in 2010. Subsequently, he completed the Seahawk Weapons Tactics Instructor Course before reporting as Executive Officer, HSM Weapons School, Pacific. He assumed command in 2012.
Commander Baron's personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (4), and various other campaign and unit awards.