Born abroad and raised in Sarasota, Florida, Capt. Christopher Jason graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in September of 1998 and subsequently qualified in the EA-6B Prowler aircraft.
Jason’s operational flying career began with the “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron 139 (VAQ-139), completing two Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployments onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). During this tour, he participated in Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom, as well as the “Shock and Awe” phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He later completed two Western Pacific deployments onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) while assigned to the “Gauntlets” of VAQ-136 as training officer. In 2009, he deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, where he flew over 90 missions as a department head with the “Garudas” of VAQ-134, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and he developed electronic warfare integration procedures with Army, Air Force, NATO, and Special Operations units. In June of 2014, in his second tour with VAQ-134, Jason assumed command of the squadron while deployed onboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve with missions over Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Following deployment and the sundown of the EA-6B Prowler, he transitioned to the EA-18G Growler. Jason subsequently reported to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to serve as air officer (air boss), leading the 650 Sailors of the Air Department in all aspects of aircraft launch, recovery and fueling operations.
A graduate of the Electronic Attack Weapons School, Jason served as a Prowler tactics instructor in the fleet and as an EA-6B instructor at the Prowler Fleet Replacement Squadron, VAQ-129. He also graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College and earned a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Webster University. His staff tours include service in the Joint Staff J-5 as policy planner for global defense posture and assignment as deputy director for Plans and Policy (N5B) at the headquarters of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Jason assumed command of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on July 31, 2019. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Combat “V”, eight Strike/Flight Air Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” and various other personal and campaign awards. He has accumulated over 2,900 flight hours.