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  • Commanding Officer

    Commanding Officer, NAWS China Lake


    Captain Jeremy ‘JV’ Vaughan is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in July 1993, graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Vaughan earned a graduate degree with distinction from Naval Postgraduate School in Business Management, was designated a Naval Aviator in 1999, and is qualified as a joint specialty officer. 

  • Executive Officer

    CDR Jason Simon, Executive Officer, NAWS China Lake


    CDR Jason Simon is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.  In 2001 he graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  Following civilian flight training in Daytona Beach, FL, CDR Simon joined the Navy and received his commission from Officer Candidate School in 2003 aboard NAS Pensacola.  After attending primary flight training in Corpus Christi, TX, CDR Simon earned his Wings of Gold while stationed aboard NAS Meridian, MS in December of 2005.

  • Command Master Chief

    CMDCS Joseph J. Montenero, Command Senior Chief NAWS China Lake


    Joseph J. Montenero is a native of Sonora, California and raised in Northern California.  Upon graduating from Manteca High School in 1996, he enlisted in the Navy on September 23, 1996. His first duty assignment was the USS MOBILE BAY (CG-53) home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan.