Captain Jason Canfield hails from Cocoa, Florida and is a 1991 graduate of Cocoa High School. He attended the University of Central Florida, graduating magna cum laude in December 1995, earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. As a 2013 graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA, he is also a Joint Services Qualified Officer. He completed flight training in Pensacola, FL and San Antonio, TX and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 1997.
Upon completion of flight training, Captain Canfield’s operational flying assignments include two tours as a Junior Officer with the VQ-1 “World Watchers” and a Department Head tour with the VQ-2 “Rangers” homeported in Whidbey Island, WA. Following, he served as the Commanding Officer of VQ-1 leading a continuous deployed squadron across the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets while earning the Pacific Fleet 2014 Battle “E” and Safety “S”. Additionally, he served as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer (“Shooter”) on board USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) homeported in Norfolk, VA. During these operational assignments, Captain Canfield has deployed in support of every numbered fleet across the globe and in support of numerous named operations.
Ashore, Captain Canfield’s assignments include tours as the Electronic Reconnaissance Weapons School Weapons and Tactics Instructor in Fallon, NV, as an Observer/Trainer on the Joint Staff Deployable Training Team in Suffolk, VA, the Director of Navy Concepts at Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, VA, and the Deputy Commander Task Force SEVEN TWO in Misawa, Japan.
In his career, Captain Canfield has accumulated over 2,000 flight hours and his personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6). He and his wife Patience have two children: Cara and Tyler.