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Force Master Chief
Force Master Chief
Commander Jason Tippett
Commanding Officer, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136
26 October 2020
A native of Connecticut, Commander Tippett graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. He was commissioned in November 2001 through the Officer Candidate program and designated a Naval Flight Officer in April 2003.
In July of 2004, following initial training in the EA-6B Prowler, CDR Tippett reported to the “Yellow Jackets” of VAQ-138. He deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). As a “Yellow Jacket”, he graduated from the Marine Aviation and Tactics Squadron ONE (MAWTS-1) course.
In August 2007, CDR Tippett reported to VFA-122 for transition training in the F/A-18F Super Hornet. He subsequently reported to the “Vikings” of VAQ-129 for initial cadre instructor duty, successfully standing up the EA-18G fleet replacement squadron. While attached to the “Vikings”, he was acknowledged as the EA-18G NFO Instructor of the Year for 2010.
In October 2010, CDR Tippett reported to VAQ-135 as the squadron Training Officer and deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. As a “Black Raven”, he graduated from the Naval Airborne Electronic Attack Weapons School (HAVOC) and was recognized as the EA-18G Tactics Instructor of the Year for 2011.
In August 2012, CDR Tippett returned to VAQ-138 as a Department Head, deploying in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and United States Pacific Command tasking.
Following his Department Head tour, CDR Tippett reported to the Naval War College in Newport, RI and earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the United States Northern Command in Colorado Springs, CO, where he served as a Branch Chief in the Contingency Operations Division and as a Maritime Planner in the Domestic Operations Division.
In October 2017, CDR Tippett moved back to the Pacific Northwest and began refresher training in the EA-18G. Upon completion of his training, he served as the Executive Officer with VAQ-129, and then shortly thereafter transferred to serve as the Executive Officer to the “Gauntlets” of VAQ-136 in April of 2019.
Commander Tippett has accumulated over 2,800 flight hours in the EA-6B, F/A-18F, EA-18G and other model aircraft. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (five), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, service, and campaign awards.
VAQ-136 Commanding Officer