CDR Jon L. Baca, USN (Ret)
Senior Naval Science
Instructor, Lemon Bay HS
Commander Baca received a Bachelor of Science in Education
from the University
of New Mexico in
1983. He left his position as head coach
of the UNM water polo team to enter Aviation
Officer Candidate School
where he was commissioned in 1986.
After receiving his wings he reported to Patrol Squadron 22,
the last B-Mod squadron. He progressed from PAO, TACTICS and AV/ARM DIVO,
always held a Blue Card and was primary squadron WST instructor. As JO Mission Commander/TACCO his crew was
awarded CTF 72 Crew of the Month and the CPWP Crew of the Quarter awards. He
reported to Naval
and received his Masters of Science in Operations Research in 1993. His thesis on the effects of GPS enhancements
to sonobuoys lead to a COEA sponsored by PMA-264. He was then directed to report to TSC
Sigonella where he qualified and stood TSCWO watch during armed MPA operations
in support of OPERATION SHARPGUARD. He
then became the OIC of FMP MOCC MED and after constructing his unit was op-held
to deploy it to the Corps Rapid Reaction HQ in Sarajevo, Bosnia
in support of IFOR and SFOR. His next
tour was at the Naval Research Laboratory where he was Naval Deputy to the
Electronic Warfare Division and then Operation Officer. After CAT II he reported to his Department
Head tour with Patrol Squadron 16. There
he served as Tactics Officer at home and CTG 67.1 OPSO during the successful
EER prosecution of an OOA deployer to the MED.
The Pentagon was next, where he was the Space/C4I Analyst at OPA for
SECNAV. After two years at OPA he
reported to CPRW 10 as TSC Director. He
then served as the Weapons Officer on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, where his
department won two consecutive Black Ws and was instrumental in the successful
handling of foreign delegations aboard ABE during its historic Tsunami relief
effort. He returned to CPRW-10 to serve
two Commodores as the Chief Staff Officer.
He served his last four years on active duty as the Executive Officer at
the NROTC Unit at the Virginia Military Institute.
Commander Bacas personal awards include Meritorious Service
Medal (four awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps
Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
(two awards), and numerous unit and service awards.