Colonel Jason Eckberg is the Deputy Director, Electromagnetic Warfare/Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) Superiority Directorate at the United States Air Force. This Directorate is responsible to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Force Futures (AF/A5/7) in coordinating, staffing, and overseeing all Air Force Capability Requirements  associated with Electromagnetic Warfare and EMS superiority. Previous to this assignment, Colonel Eckberg was the Commander, Operations Group, at a Data Masked Organization. The 1,000-member Group is responsible for coordinating operational activities at the Nevada Test and Training Range, leading ten flying and test squadrons, managing two active airfields, and coordinating inter-agency use between three executive departments.

Colonel Eckberg received his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment730 at Carnegie Mellon University in May 1997. He served as a RC-135 electronic warfare officer, instructor/evaluator electronic warfare officer and combat crew commander. During this time, Colonel Eckberg gained operational experience in the Pacific and European Theaters as well as operational tours in the United States Central Command Area of Operations. In addition to aircrew and operational  experience, Colonel Eckberg has served in flight and electronic warfare test and evaluation positions, and as the commander of Big Safari’s 645th Aeronautical Systems squadron in Greenville, TX, executing flight, engineering, product assurance, contract monitoring, security, and logistics operations for the Big Safari Program Office. Staff experience includes two years at Headquarters Air Force, Operational Requirements Directorate, Electronic Warfare Division, and two years at the Joint Staff in Hampton Roads, Virginia. These assignments included time in the Joint Forces Coordinator Division as the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Joint Working Group Lead for Joint Staff Operations Directorate at Norfolk, Virginia, and in the Joint Concept Division of the J7 at Suffolk, Virginia.

Colonel Eckberg is a Master Navigator with over 2,000 flying hours in over 20 unique aircraft. He is married to the former Mary Ann Bruns of Central City, Nebraska. They have no children, have one senior dog, Samson, and regularly open their home to rescue animals of all types!

1997 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
2003 Squadron Officer School (Residence), Maxwell Air Force Base AL
2006 United States Air Force Test Pilot School, Experimental Flight Test Navigator Course
2008 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence), Maxwell Air Force Base AL
2009 Master of Science in Administration, Central Michigan University, Mt Pleasant MI
2011 Master of Science in Cyber Warfare, Air Force Institute of Technology
2013 Air War College (Correspondence), Maxwell Air Force Base AL
2016 Military Fellow, Security Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA

1. Jun 97 – Nov 97, Special Assistant to the Commander, Det 730, Pittsburgh PA
2. Nov 97 – Feb 99, Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training/Joint Aviation Electronic
Warfare School, Pensacola FL
3. Mar 99 – Dec 00, RC-135 Electronic Warfare Officer, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt
4. Jan 01 – Apr 03, RC-135 Instructor/Evaluator Electronic Warfare Officer and Tactics
Officer, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB NE
5. Apr 03 – Jul 04, COBRA BALL Tactics Officer, 55th Operations Support Squadron, Offutt
6. Jul 04 – May 05, Executive Officer, 55th Operations Group, Offutt AFB NE
7. Jun 05 – Aug 06, Student, United States Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB CA
8. Aug 06 – Jul 07, Chief of Operations Scheduling, Flight Test Navigator Instructor, United
States Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB CA
9. Jul 07 – Jul 08, F22A Flight Commander, Data Masked
10. Jul 08 – Jan 09, Deployed, Electronic Warfare Officer, 18th Military Police Brigade, Camp
Victory, Baghdad IZ
11. Jan 09 – May 10, Squadron Chief Engineer, Data Masked
12. May 10 – Jun 11, Intermediate Developmental Education Student, Air Force Institute of
Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB OH
13. Aug 11 – Aug 13, Commander, 645th Aeronautical Systems Squadron, Greenville TX
14. Aug 13 – Jun 15, Chief Advanced Technologies Branch, Electronic Warfare Division, HQ
USAF, Washington DC.
15. Jun 15 – Jun 16, Air Force National Military Fellow, Security Studies Program,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
16. Jun 16 – Jun 17, ISR Joint Working Group Lead, Joint Forces Coordinator Division,
Operations Directorate (CJCS/J3), Norfolk, VA.
17. Jun 17 – Jun 18, Concept Development Branch Chief, Future Joint Force Deputy Directorate,
Joint Staff J-7, Suffolk, VA.
18. Jul 18 – Aug 20, Commander, Operations Group, Data Masked
19. Aug 20 – May 21, Deputy Director, EW/EMS Superiority, Washington, DC.                                                                                                                                  20. May 21 – Present, Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, Calif.

Rating: Master navigator
Flight Hours: Over 2,000
Aircraft Flown: RC-135S/U/V/W, F-16, UH-60U, NT-43A, T-38, C-12, C-32, MC-12, C-146,
F-15, F/A-18B/D/F, T-6, T-6A, NP-3D, T-43, T-1A, DC-3, HU-16, BLIMP

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Institute of Technology
Lt Edwin E. Aldrin, Sr Award for Leadership, Air Force Institute of Technology
Ellison Onizuka Award, USAF Test Pilot School Class 05B
Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School
Distinguished Graduate, Joint Aviation Electronic Warfare School
Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Detachment 730

Acquisition Corps Member
APDP Level III, Test and Evaluation
APDP Level I, Program Management
APDP Level I, Systems Engineering and Management
Joint Staff, J-7, FJFD, Joint Concepts Division, June 2017-June 2018
Joint Staff, J-3, J35S, Joint Forces Coordinator Division, June 2016-June 2017
Brigade Electronic Warfare Officer, 18th Military Police Brigade, June 2008-January 2009

Second Lieutenant May 1997
First Lieutenant May 1999
Captain May 2001
Major Feb 2007
Lieutenant Colonel Dec 2011
Colonel Mar 2018
(Current as of May 2021)