Commander Jon “JLW” Lee-Warner grew up in Havre, Montana and graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2003 with a degree in systems engineering.
He attended flight school at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma and Naval Air Station Milton, Florida. He earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 2005.
His first tour was with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) in Guam, flying the MH-60S Night Hawk. While there, he deployed with the USS Essex (LHD-2) Amphibious Readiness Group out of Sasebo, Japan as a member of a search and rescue detachment.
After completing his Western Pacific tour, he deployed to Kuwait with the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment, supporting MEDEVAC operations in Southern Iraq and Kuwait.
From 2008-2011, he instructed new helicopter pilots at HSC-2 in Norfolk, Virginia. While there he also participated in Haiti disaster relief and earned his Executive MBA from the Naval Post Graduate School.
Following his instructional tour, he volunteered for a Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Support Assignment in Afghanistan, serving as the operations officer for an intelligence exploitation unit in support of US Forces in Kabul.
Following his tour in Afghanistan, he was temporarily stationed at Point Mugu, California as the Aviation Safety Officer for Naval Base Ventura County.
In 2013, he was selected for operational department head and returned to Norfolk, Virginia to join the HSC-26 Chargers. While there, he served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Desert Hawks in Bahrain, a four-helicopter detachment supporting 5th Fleet logistics. He completed his tour in 2016 as the squadron Operations Officer.
Upon leaving HSC-26, he eagerly returned to the west coast as the Officer-in-Charge of San Nicolas Island (SNI), Naval Base Ventura County. There he led over 100 military and civilian personnel in support of critical naval research and development programs.
After completing his tour as OIC for SNI in February 2020, he accepted orders to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach as the Executive Officer.
CDR Lee-Warner has logged over 1,800 hours in multiple aircraft and has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Army Achievement Medal, and various unit commendations and service medals.