COLONEL JASON J. COCKRUM

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Colonel Jason J. Cockrum is the Commander of the 35th Operations Group at Misawa Air Base, Japan. He leads a group composed of two deployable F-16CM "Wild Weasel" Fighter Squadrons, an Operations Support Squadron and an Air Control Flight capable of conducting and supporting sustained worldwide operations. The 35th Operations Group is responsible for flight operations, airfield management, wing intelligence, tactical air control, weather support, an F-16 Mission Training Center and Draughton Electronic Warfare Range.

Colonel Cockrum entered the Air Force in 1995 after receiving his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy. His previous assignments have focused in Tactical Airlift and Fighter Operations where he has led as a Fighter Squadron Commander and Director of Operations. He has also served as the F-16 Requirements Officer for the Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C, and as the 51 FW Inspector General and 51 FW Chief of Safety. He has led combat forces in numerous contingency and combat operations including Operations JOINT FORGE, ALLIED FORCE, NOBLE EAGLE and IRAQI FREEDOM.

EDUCATION
1991 United States Air Force Academy Prep School, CO
1995 Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, CO
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2005 Master of Science in Emergency & Disaster Management, Touro University International, CA
2007 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, correspondence
2008 Naval War College Command and Staff Program, Monterey, CA
2008 MS in National Security Affairs/Homeland Security, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA
2010 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, correspondence
2015 MS in National Security Studies, Naval War College, Newport, RI

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1995 – November 1995, graduate assistant, coach, U.S. Air Force Academy, USAFA CO
2. December 1995 – June 1996, Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, NAS Pensacola FL
3. July 1996 – February 1997, Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB TX
4. March 1997 – March 2000, C-130E Instructor Navigator, Tactics Officer, Executive Officer, 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein AB Germany
5. April 2000 – October 2001, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB TX
6. November 2001 – May 2002, Student F-16 Initial Flight Qualification, Luke AFB AZ
7. June 2002 – July 2005, Flight Commander, F-16CJ Instructor Pilot, 23 Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
8. August 2005 – February 2007, Director of Operations, 522 Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB NM
9. March 2007 – August 2007, Director of Operations, 524 Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB NM
10. Sepember 2007 – December 2008, IDE Student Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA
11. January 2009 – December 2010, F-16 Requirements Officer, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.
12. January 2011 – June 2011, 51st Fighter Wing Inspector General, Osan AB Republic of Korea
13. July 2011 – May 2012, 51st Fighter Wing Chief of Safety, Osan AB Republic of Korea
14. June 2012 – June 2014, Commander 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB Republic of Korea
15. July 2014 – June 2015, SDE Student Naval War College, Newport RI
16. July 2015 – Oct 2016, Combat Air Forces Division Chief, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces, Washington, D.C.
17. November 2016 – July 2017, Director of Staff, AF/A3, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces, Washington D.C.
18. July 2017 – present, Commander, 35th Operations Group, Misawa AB, Japan

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 2,700
Aircraft flown: C-130E, F-16CM

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leave clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, with oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1995
First Lieutenant May 31, 1997
Captain May 31, 1999
Major September 01, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel July 01, 2010
Colonel October 01, 2016


(Current as of July 2017)