Cmdr. Jason P. Hoch
Commander Hoch, a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in July 2008.
Following initial FRS training, Commander Hoch reported to the BLACK ACES of Strike Fighter Squadron FOUR ONE (VFA-41) and deployed aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and twice aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in support of Operations NEW DAWN (OND) and ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). While assigned to VFA-41, he served as the Ground Safety Officer, Schedules Officer, and Line Division Officer.
Commander Hoch then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX (VFA-106) in 2013 as an instructor for the Fleet Replacement Squadron. While there he served as Strike Phase Head and FAC(A) Program Manager.
Following instructor duty, Commander Hoch returned to sea in September 2015 as the Strike Operations Officer and Air-to-Air Officer of Carrier Air Wing SEVEN (CVW-7). During this time, Commander Hoch deployed on USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation INHERANT RESOLVE in 2015-2016.
After his CVW Staff tour, Commander Hoch reported to the RED RIPPERS of Strike Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VFA-11) in November 2017 for his Department Head tour. He served as the Safety Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Administration Officer and Operations Officer and deployed twice on USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation INHERANT RESOLVE, Fifth Fleet Operations, and Arctic Operations.
Following his Department Head Tour, Commander Hoch reported to the Joint Staff, J-3 Directorate, serving as a Presidential Strike Advisor and Emergency Actions Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the National Military Command Center.
Commander Hoch has accumulated over 2,900 flight hours and 940 arrested landings in the F/A-18F Super Hornet. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Strike/Flight Air Medal (three awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other unit and campaign awards.