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 1998 and reported to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) for training in the EA-6B Prowler.
In February 2000, Jason reported to the “Cougars” of VAQ-139 and completed two Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployments on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). During this tour, he participated in Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom, and the “Shock and Awe” phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, he graduated from the Electronic Attack Weapons School.
From April 2003 to January 2006, Jason served as an EA-6B instructor at VAQ-129, He served as the tactics phase head and safety officer and as the officer-in-charge of a 130-personnel carrier-qualification detachment.
In February 2006, Jason reported to the “Gauntlets” of VAQ-136, based in Atsugi, Japan, as training officer. He completed two Western Pacific deployments on board USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).
Jason reported to the U.S. Army’s Command and General State College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in June 2007, where he earned his Joint Professional Military Education (JMPE) Phase I credit as well as a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Webster University.
In September 2008, Jason reported to the “Garudas” of VAQ-134 to serve as tactics and maintenance department head. In 2009, he deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, where he flew over 90 missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and developed Electronic Warfare integration procedures with Army, Air Force, NATO and Special Operations units.
Jason reported to the Joint Staff J-5, Deputy Directorate for Joint Strategic Planning, in September 2010, to serve as policy planner for global defense posture. He authored DoD’s instruction to link strategy to resourcing of overseas infrastructure.
He then reported to VAQ-134 in March 2013, and assumed command of the “Garudas” in June 2014 while deployed on board USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve over Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Following deployment and the sundown of the EA-6B Prowler, Jason transitioned to the EA-18G Growler.
Jason reported to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in December 2015, to serve as air officer (air boss). During this tour, he led 650 Sailors in all flight deck, hangar deck, aircraft launch and recovery, and JP-5 fuel system operations and associated maintenance.
Most recently, Jason served as the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy (N5B) at the headquarters of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with Combat “V,” eight Strike/Flight Air Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” as well as various other personal, campaign and unit awards. Jason has accumulated over 2,900 flight hours.
Jason assumed command of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi July 31, 2019.