Captain Jonathan R. Townsend is the 12th Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, since the installation was established as the first joint reserve base in October of 1994. The installation’s mission is to provide joint training capability and resources to enable Warfighter readiness while sustaining personnel and their families, community compatibility, and inculcating a culture of safety.
Captain Townsend was commissioned in 1995 through the U.S. Naval Academy and designated a naval aviator in 1997. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Command and Staff at the Naval War College.
His sea duty tours include serving Patrol Squadron Ten (VP-10) “Red Lancers,” where he deployed to Sigonella, Italy and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico with detachments to Forward Operating Locations Manta, Ecuador; Coma Lapa, El Salvador and Bahrain. He also served two tours with the Patrol Squadron (VP-62) “Broadarrows” with detachments to Italy, Bahrain and Japan.
Captain Townsend’s shore duty tours include instructor pilot duty at VP-30, the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet Replacement Squadron. As a staff officer he was the Campaign Planning Chief for the U.S. Southern Command J5 and most recently the Special Assistant under the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and the Navy and Joint Commendation Medals.