Colonel JONATHAN GRAHAM

Col. Jonathan Graham was born in Midwest City, OK, and received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999. He has served as an MH-53 instructor pilot, CV-22 evaluator pilot, MQ-1 aircraft commander, and MQ-9 evaluator pilot, with combat experience supporting multiple contingency operations. Col. Graham’s prior staff experience was as a Compartmented Planner in the Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command; as a planner in the Joint Operational War Plans Division, Joint Staff J-5; and as a Division Chief in the Deputy Directorate for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, Joint Staff J-3. His previous command experience was as the commander, 3rd Special Operations Squadron, during which time the squadron was awarded the 2016 General Atomics Trophy as the most outstanding MQ-1/MQ-9 squadron in the United States Air Force.
U.S. Air Force Command Pilot Insignia.
Office of the Secretary of Defense identification badge.
U.S. Air Force Commander's Insignia.
Col. Graham is a graduate of the US Air Force Weapons School and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. He received Distinguished Graduate honors from Undergraduate Pilot Training, MH-53 initial qualification training, the US Air Force Weapons School, and Air Command and Staff College. Col. Graham is the recipient of the 2008 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship. Col. Graham is a Command Pilot with more than 1,700 hours.
 
EDUCATION
1999 Bachelor of Science, History, United States Air Force Academy, CO
2006 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2007 Master of Arts in Military Studies, American Military University
2011 Masters of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2012 Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
2014 Air War College (By Correspondence)
2018 Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Ft McNair AIN, DC
 
ASSIGNMENTS
1. August 1999 - July 2000, Squadron Scheduler/Planner, 14th Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
2. August 2000 - April 2001, T-37 Student Pilot, 33rd Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, OK
3. June 2001 - December 2001, UH-1H Student Pilot, 23rd Flying Training Squadron, Fort Rucker AIN, AL
4. January 2002 - November 2002, MH-53 Student Pilot, 551st Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB, NM
5. December 2002 - June 2006, MH-53 Crew Commander and Instructor Pilot, 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
6. July 2006 - December 2006, Student, US Air Force Weapons School
7. February 2007 - February 2008, CV-22 Student Pilot, 71st Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB, NM
8. March 2008 - July 2009, Chief of Current Ops/Student Flight Commander/Chief of Stan/Eval, 71st Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB, NM
9. August 2009 - June 2010, Deputy Chief, Group Stan/Eval, 58th Operations Group, Kirtland AFB, NM
10. July 2010 - June 2011, Student, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
11. July 2011 - June 2012, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
12. June 2012 - Jun 2014, Compartmented Planner, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Fort Bragg AIN, NC
13. June 2014 - January 2016, Operations Officer, 3rd Special Operations Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM 
14. January 2016 - June 2017, Commander, 3rd Special Operations Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM
15. August 2017 - June 2018, Student, Eisenhower School, National Defense University, Ft McNair AIN, DC
16. June 2018 - June 2019, Planner, Joint Operational War Plans Division, Joint Staff J5, Pentagon
17. July 2019 - July 2020, Sensitive Activities Division Chief, Deputy Directorate for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, Joint Staff J3, Pentagon
18. July 2020 - Present, Vice Commander, 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon AFB, NM
 
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2012 - June 2014, Compartmented Planner, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Fort Bragg AIN, NC
2. June 2018 - June 2019, Planner, Joint Operational War Plans Division, Joint Staff J5, Pentagon
3. July 2019 - July 2020, Sensitive Activities Division Chief, Deputy Directorate for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, Joint Staff J3, Pentagon
 
FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: more than 1,700, including more than 400 combat hours and more than 300 combat support hours
Aircraft Flown: MQ-9, MQ-1, CV-22, MV-22, MH-53, UH-1H, T-37
 
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Combat Action Medal
 
OTHER AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
2008 Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship
2016 General Atomics MQ-1/9 Trophy