Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Richard D. Jaskot


Rear Adm. Jaskot hails from Berwyn, Ill. He graduated in 1975 from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and was commissioned as an Ensign through the Naval ROTC program. In October 1977, after completion of Naval Flight Officer School and initial training in the A-6, he was assigned to VA-85, embarking in USS Forrestal (CV 59). He then joined Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Five (VX-5) in China Lake, Calif., as Test Director, conducting test and evaluation of aircraft defensive electronic warfare systems. He returned to sea as Staff Strike Operations and Weapons Officer for Commander, Carrier Group Four, and then returned to squadron flying in VA-75. His first command was Medium Attack Weapons School, Atlantic; and his first command at-sea was VA-34, the A-6 squadron in Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) from August ‘91 - August ‘92. Rear Adm. Jaskot's post squadron command was Head, Aviation Placement Office, Bureau of Naval Personnel. He then attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) where he received his Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, graduating in June 1995. He was assigned to the Joint Staff J-7, Operational Plans and Training Directorate as Chief, Evaluation Branch, and was reassigned one year later to be part of the stand-up of the J-34, Combating Terrorism Deputy-Directorate as Chief, Training, Doctrine and Assessments Division. There he supported the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff in institutionalizing Anti-terrorism/Force Protection throughout DoD. Rear Adm. Jaskot returned to Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) as Deputy Commander in September 1997, making the maiden overseas deployment of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). He assumed CVW-7 Command in February 1999, deploying in USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf where CVW-7 aircraft flew in support of Operations KFOR (Kosovo) and Southern Watch (Southern Iraq). In August 2001, while serving as a Fellow, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in Newport, R.I., Rear Adm. Jaskot was selected and promoted to Flag Officer rank. His first Flag posting was Deputy Director, Plans and Policy, U.S. European Command, ECJ-5. There he supported the Commander in various strategic planning and Political-Military projects. Highlights included his being the senior military member of a U.S. Government inter-agency team formulating the U.S. position which led to the invitation of seven NATO-Aspirant nations to join NATO at the Prague Summit in November 2002; coordinating the U.S. EUCOM assumption of responsibility for several countries and millions of square miles of water-space as part of the largest Unified Command Plan change in 50 years; and being the senior U.S. representative coordinating with the Polish Joint Staff for U.S. support to Poland, as they assumed lead of a 19-nation Multi-National Division providing stability operations with the U.S. in post-conflict Iraq. In his final assignment, he assumed the duties as the Commandant, National War College for Academic Year 2004 in the fall of 2003. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (w/ gold star), Air Medal (w/ bronze star), and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (w/ 2 gold stars), as well as various service and campaign awards.

Updated: 16 July 2013