CDR JASON HIGGINS
Executive Officer VFA-83
Commander Jason B. Higgins is a native of Huntsville, Texas and a 1999 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was designated as a Naval Aviator at NAS Kingsville, Texas in October, 2003 and reported to the VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” for initial F/A-18 training at NAS Lemoore, California.
In 2004, Commander Higgins joined the VFA-27 “Royal Maces” based at NAF Atsugi, Japan. Over the following three years, he made multiple deployments as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force and Carrier Air Wing FIVE in support of operations in the Western Pacific. In 2007, he returned stateside, reporting to the VX-9 “Vampires” at NAWC China Lake, California. While there he served as the AIM-9X Operational Test Director and Strike-Fighter Projects Assistant Director. In 2010, Commander Higgins transferred to VFA-34 at NAS Oceana, Virginia. As a member of the “Blue Blasters”, he completed two deployments in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
Commander Higgins is a 2001 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 2013 graduate of the United States Naval War College, where he earned a Master of Art degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Commander Higgins has logged over 500 arrested landings and over 2,350 flight hours including 2,100 hours in the F/A-18. His military awards include various individual and unit citations including two Strike Flight Air Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals.