Commander Jonathan “BLAMO” Faraco, a native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, graduated and was commissioned from the United States Naval Academy in May 2003 and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in November 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Quantitative Economics (with merit), as well as a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. CDR Faraco is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School TOPGUN Air Intercept Control course and the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS) Weapons and Tactics Instructor course.
CDR Faraco’s operational assignments include tours with VAW-123 (USS ENTERPRISE) as a Junior Officer, USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as the Assistant Navigator (ANAV), and VAW-115 (USS GEORGE WASHINGTON and USS RONALD REAGAN) forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan as a Department Head. He has deployed six times in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and numerous international exercises in the Western Pacific.
CDR Faraco’s shore assignments include tours with VAW-120, the VAW/VRC Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), United States Naval War College in Newport, RI, and Navy Personnel Command, PERS-43 (Aviation Officer Assignments) in Millington, TN. While at VAW-120, he served as the E-2C Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) where he instructed FRS students on tactical employment and systems utilization. While serving as the Assistant Operations Officer (AOPS) at VAW-120, Commander Faraco was selected for the 2011 Navy and Marine Association Peer Leadership award. While at PERS-43, he initially served as the VAW, VRC, VRM, VT Strike, and Inter-service Personnel Exchange (PEP) Placement Officer and completed his tour at PERS-43 as the Assistant Captain Detailer.
CDR Faraco has flown numerous combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal (2), and Navy Achievement Medal (2) as well as other individual, campaign, and unit awards.