Rear Adm. Cindy Jaynes graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, followed by a master’s degree in mathematics in 1982. She was commissioned in March 1983 via the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and was designated an aeronautical engineering (maintenance) duty officer in 1985. She was designated an Acquisition Professional Community member in 1996 and received a Master’s in Business Administration from Norwich University in 2008.
Operational tours include Training Squadron (VT) 86 in Pensacola, Florida; Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 in Jacksonville, Florida; Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Mayport, Florida; Commander Helicopter Wings Atlantic, Jacksonville, Florida; Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Diego Garcia; and officer-in-charge Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment in Lemoore, California.
Jaynes’ acquisition tours include Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit in Philadelphia; deputy assistant Program Manager Systems Engineering for PMA-290, P-3 & EP-3 Program Office; F/A-18 Program Integrator Defense Contract Management Command Northrop Grumman, El Segundo, California; assistant program manager logistics for PMA-265, F/A-18 & EA-18G Program Office; and PMA-265 F/A-18 deputy program manager fleet support.
She assumed command of PMA-202, Aircrew Systems in June 2006. Under her command, PMA-202 won the 2007 Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Commander’s National Award for Program Management. She assumed command of PMA-213, Naval Air Traffic Management Systems in 2007. In July 2011, she reported as NAVAIR assistant commander for logistics and industrial operations and in August 2012 became the commander, Fleet Readiness Centers responsible for seven fleet readiness centers engaged in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the Naval Aviation Enterprise.
Jaynes also completed the Naval War College Command and Staff (non-resident) program in 1995 and earned a Systems Engineering Certification from California Institute of Technology Industrial Relations Center in 1999.
Jaynes is serving as program executive officer for Air Anti-Submarine Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs (PEO(A)). She has oversight responsibility for 10 program offices and seven ACAT I major acquisition programs.
Her awards include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and numerous unit awards. She is authorized to wear the Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer Warfare insignia.