Commander Jonathan “Lee” Jackson was born at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and raised in Troy, Michigan. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1990.
He entered the Navy via Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1992, designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1994 and has accumulated over 4300 flight hours with over 4000 hours in the EA-6B and 1060 carrier arrested landings.
His sea duty assignments include tours as Assistant Operations Officer and Personnel Officer in VAQ-139 Cougars, Airwing SUW Officer in CVW-9, Admin Officer and Maintenance Officer in VAQ-138 Yellow Jackets, and Executive and Commanding Officer of VAQ-134 Garudas where he led the successful transition of the squadron from an Expeditionary Unit to a Carrier Airwing Squadron following a final combat deployment to Afghanistan.
During his VAQ-134 command tour the squadron increased Electronic Attack coverage in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM by 47% over previous EA-6B squadrons flying 210 combat sorties and 978 combat flight hours, while maintaining a 99% sortie completion rate during the squadron’s first carrier-based deployment in 16 years.
His shore assignments included Fleet Replacement Instructor ECMO and Weapon Systems Phase Head at VAQ-129, EUCOM Liaison Officer and COCOM Team Lead at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC), Division Head for International Engagement Security Cooperation at OPNAV N52, Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) Requirements Officer at OPNAV N2N6F3, and the Military Deputy for Code 35 Air Warfare and Weapons at the Office Of Naval Research (ONR). During both his VAQ-129 and JWAC tour he volunteered to deploy in support of combat operations overseas. He is currently the Executive Officer of the University of Michigan’s Navy ROTC Program.
He completed the Prowler Tactics Instructor (PTI) Course and attended the Naval War College where he received a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He also completed JPME II at the Joint Forces Staff College and is designated as a Joint Qualified Officer.
His awards include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Air Medal (15 strike/flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other unit commendations and service medals. He was selected as the VAQ-129 ECMO Instructor of the Year in 2000.
Commander Jackson is married to the former Michelle Selden of Shelby Township, MI. They have three sons, Mitchell, Nathan and Luke.