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Colonel Jason D. Allen

Col. Jason D. Allen is the Vice Commander, 81st Training Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. As the Vice Commander, he assists and advises the commander responsible for the training of more than 25,000 military and civilians. The 81st TRW trains officers, enlisted and civilians from the Air Force, Space Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and international partners. Keesler's technical training includes numerous electronic, computer, weather, medical, personnel, comptroller and information management career fields, creating the combat capability for the Department of Defense forces.

Col. Allen commissioned in 1999 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, New Mexico State University, New Mexico. He has commanded at the squadron, expeditionary squadron, and expeditionary group levels. Prior to his current position, Col. Allen was the Division Chief, Deputy Directorate for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, J-3 Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Col. Allen has deployed in support of numerous operations including Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, INHERENT RESOLVE, NEW DAWN, and other worldwide contingencies.

He is a master navigator with over 2,950 hours in the MC-130H and U-28A aircraft.

EDUCATION

1999 Bachelor of Science, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M.
2004 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2005 Master of International Relations, Troy State University, Troy, Ala.
2013 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2014 Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2018 Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS

1. July 1999–July 2000, Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB (Air Force Base), Texas
2. January 2001–May 2004, MC-130H Electronic Warfare Officer, 1st Special Operations Squadron, Kadena Air Base (AB), Japan
3. May 2004–May 2008, MC-130H Evaluator Electronic Warfare Officer,15th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
4. May 2008–June 2009, U-28A Evaluator Combat Systems Officer, 1stSpecial Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
5. June 2009–June 2010, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command, Ft Bragg, N.C.
6. June 2010–July 2011, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command, Ft Bragg, N.C.
7. July 2011–August 2012, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command, Ft Bragg, N.C.
8. August 2012–July 2013, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. July 2013–June 2014, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. June 2014–June 2015, Operations Officer,15th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
11. June 2015–January 2017,Commander,15th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
12. January 2017–July 2017, Inspector General, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
13. July 2017–June 2018, Student, Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C
14. June 2018–June 2020, Director, Special Operations Command Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
15. June 2020–June 2022, Division Chief, Deputy Directorate for Special Operations/CT, J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
16. June 2022-Present, Vice Commander, 81st Training Wing, Keesler AFB, Miss.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

1. June  2009–June 2010, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command, Ft Bragg, N.C.
2. June 2010–July 2011, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command, Ft Bragg, N.C.
3. July 2011–August 2012, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command, Ft Bragg, N.C.
4. June 2018–June 2020, Director, Special Operations Command Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany, as a lieutenant colonel
5. June 2020-June 2022, Division Chief, Deputy Directorate for Special Operations/CT, J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel and a colonel

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: master navigator
Flight Hours: more than 2,950 (506 combat)
Aircraft Flown: T-43, U-28A and MC-130H

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air and Space Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air and Space Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Combat Action Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant June 14, 1999
First Lieutenant June 14, 2001
Captain June 14, 2003
Major April 1, 2009
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 1, 2014
Colonel Sept. 1, 2020

(Current as of June 2022)