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A native of Orlando, FL, CDR Jason Valdespino graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. After completing nuclear power training and the Submarine Officer Basic Course, he reported to USS PHILADELPHIA (SSN 690) in December 2001. During this first sea tour, he served as Electrical Assistant, Assistant Weapons Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, and Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant and conducted one extended Mediterranean/Horn of Africa deployment.
In December 2004, CDR Valdespino reported to COMNAVSUBFOR for shore duty and served as Special Operating Forces Liaison Officer and Submarine Watch Officer. During this tour, he also graduated from Old Dominion University with a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management.
After completing the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in April 2007, CDR Valdespino reported to USS KENTUCKY (BLUE) (SSBN 737) and served as Navigator/Operations Officer and Nuclear Weapons Safety Officer. During this second sea tour, he conducted five strategic deterrent patrols.
In May 2010, CDR Valdespino reported to COMSUBRON SEVENTEEN for shore duty and served as Operations Officer and Nuclear Weapons Safety Officer. During this tour, he also completed Joint Professional Military Education (Phase I). Upon completing the Submarine Command Course in April 2013, CDR Valdespino reported to USS JACKSONVILLE (SSN 699) and served as Executive Officer. During this third sea tour, he conducted two Western Pacific deployments. In November 2015, CDR Valdespino reported to COMCARSTRKGRU ELEVEN and served as Future Plans Officer. During this fourth sea tour, he conducted one extended Arabian Gulf/Western Pacific deployment. In January 2018, CDR Valdespino reported to COMSUBGRU NINE and served as the Deputy Operations Officer until June 2018.
CDR Valdespino was recently assigned to the Air War College in Maxwell AFB, AL for a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies and completion of Joint Professional Military Education (Phase II).
CDR Valdespino’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and various campaign awards.