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New Commander Installed at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi

Capt. Christopher Jason and his family next to the T-34C aircraft that will bear his name throughout his tenure as commanding officer of Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi. Jason command on July 31. Courtesy photo

The single-largest employer in Corpus Christi has a new commander. Capt. Christopher Jason took over the helm of Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi on July 31 during a change-of-command ceremony at the air station’s Catalina Club. The event both welcomed Jason and said goodbye to Capt. Philip Brock, who stepped down after two years in charge.

Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi employs about 6,500 civilians and trains some of the nation’s best fighter pilots. It houses the Corpus Christi Army Depot, which is the largest helicopter repair facility in the world.

More than 200 people, both military and civilian, attended the ceremony. Officials there included Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb and U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Victoria).

A native of Sarasota, Florida, Jason came to Corpus Christi from his posting in Hawaii as a deputy director for plans and policy at the headquarters of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He has served tours in Iraq, Japan, Afghanistan, and Syria.

Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy, from where he graduated in 1997. He earned his designation as a naval flight officer in 1998.

His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with Combat “V,” eight Strike/Flight Air Medals, and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” among others. He has accumulated more than 2,900 flight hours.

“Throughout my career, I found that, as much as I love flying, the number one thing that’s always resonated with me — that’s given me the greatest pride and the most strength in the hardest times — was working with sailors,” Jason said.

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