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Force Master Chief
Force Master Chief
Commander Jonathan E. Talbert
Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron (VP) 69
20 December 2020
Commander Jonathan E. Talbert, a native of Hickory, North Carolina graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Textile Technology in 2000. He was commissioned in 2001 through Officer Candidate School and was designated a Naval Aviator in 2002. He also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
CDR Talbert began his sea duty tour in 2003 with the “Golden Eagles” of Patrol Squadron NINE (VP-9) in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. During his tour, he conducted two combat deployments to U.S. 5th and 7th Fleets in support OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, and multiple Fleet exercises. His ground jobs included Quality Assurance Officer, Strike Pilot, Ground Safety Officer, and Instructor Pilot.
In 2006, he reported to Training Squadron TWO EIGHT (VT-28) in Corpus Christi, TX where he served as a T-34 Primary Flight Instructor.
He then transitioned to Full Time Support (FTS) as a Department Head with the “Boomers” of Training Squadron TWO SEVEN (VT-27), also in Corpus Christi. During his tenure as a VT instructor, he served as the Operations Officer, Student Control Officer, Reserve Department Head, and Flight Leader.
CDR Talbert returned to the Maritime Patrol community as an FTS Department Head with the “Totems” of Patrol Squadron SIX NINE (VP-69) in 2012. There he served as the Maintenance Officer and Administrative Officer during the Totem’s first partial-unit mobilization and deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet, providing operational support to CTF-72.
Following his department head tours, CDR Talbert attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he graduated with a Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies.
CDR Talbert reported to Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve in San Diego, California in 2016 to serve as the Reserve VP Program Manager. During this tour, he coordinated funding for Reserve VP training and operational requirements, enabling the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force’s transition to the P-8 Poseidon and MQ-4C Triton UAV platforms.
CDR Talbert has accumulated over 3,500 flight hours in the T-34, TC-12, and P-3C. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), and various service awards and ribbons.
VP-69 Commanding Officer