Commander Jason J. Williamson, a native of Yankton, South Dakota, was commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduated from Boston University in May 1998 with a degree in Bio Medical Engineering. After Aviation Preflight indoctrination, he reported to NAS Corpus Christi for primary and advanced flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 2000.
After receiving initial P-3 training in VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, he reported to VP-40 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, in February 2001. While assigned, he deployed twice to the FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM; Afghanistan and Philippines, as well as Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. His tour culminated as the squadron’s Pilot Training Officer.
After VP-40, Commander Williamson joined VP-30 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot in February 2004. During his tour, he served as Fleet Projects Pilot, Fleet NATOPS Evaluator and was the IUT Standardization Officer. In March 2007, he reported to NAS North Island and the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) for duty as the Operations Administration Officer, where he qualified as Officer of the Deck underway and deployed twice to the SEVENTH and FIFTH Fleets.
In July 2009, he joined VP-8 at NAS Jacksonville for his department head tour. While assigned, his duties included Safety NATOPS Officer, Task Group Liaison Officer and Detachment Officer in Charge while deployed to FIFTH Fleet and subsequently served as the squadron’s Maintenance Officer. In November 2011, Commander Williamson was selected to serve as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. He departed Washington in May of 2014 and reported to VP-30 for P-8 training and qualification. After completing P-8 training, Commander Williamson joined the Pelicans of VP-45 in May 2015 as the Executive Officer.
Commander Williamson has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other unit awards.
Commander Williamson became the Commander Officer of VP-45 on Thursday, April 21, 2016 onboard NAS Jacksonville, FL.