24TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS WING COMMANDER

Colonel Jason Daniels

Colonel Jason Daniels is the Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command Hurlburt Field, Florida. The 24th SOW is the only wing in the Air Force dedicated to Special Tactics Airmen, providing precision strike, global access, personnel recovery, and battlefield surgery. Prior to this assignment, Colonel Daniels was assigned to Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command to lead its Command and Control Integrated Process Team.

Colonel Daniels graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and received his commission in May 1998. He is a senior parachutist, military freefall parachutist, combat diver, air traffic controller, and joint terminal attack controller.

Colonel Daniels has led joint forces in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM Philippines, ENDURING FREEDOM-Trans Sahara, INHERENT RESOLVE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ODYSSEY DAWN, NEW DAWN, UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, UNIFIED PROTECTOR, ODYSSEY LIGHTNING, and PACIFIC EAGLE-Philippines.

Colonel Daniels and his wife Julee have a son, Bo, and a daughter, Rylee.

 

EDUCATION
1998 Bachelor of Science in Geography, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
2004 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
2006 Master of Arts, Organizational Management, The George Washington University, DC
2006 Air Force Intern Program, Pentagon, VA (IDE)
2012 Air War College, Correspondence
2018 Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, College of Naval Warfare, Newport, RI
2021 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

 

ASSIGNMENTS
Jun 1994 - May 1998 Student, United States Air Force Academy, CO
May 1998 - Dec 1998 Student, Air Force Institute of Technology Officer Globalization Program, United States Air Force Academy, CO
Jan 1999 - Jul 2000 Trainee, Combat Control Pipeline (various locations)
Aug 2000 - Jul 2003 Deputy Flight Commander then Flight Commander, 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, McChord AFB, WA
Aug 2003 - Jul 2005 Director of Operations, 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
Jul 2005 - Jun 2007 Air Force Intern Program, Pentagon,VA
Jul 2007 - Jun 2008 Special Projects Officer, Special Activities Division, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, VA
Jun 2008 - May 2010 Director of Operations, 720th Operations Support Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
Jun 2010 - Jun 2012 Commander, 321st Special Tactics Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, UK
Jun 2012 - Jun 2014 Division Chief, Deputy Directorate for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, J-37, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, VA
Jun 2014 - Jul 2016 Commander, 724th Operations Support Squadron, Pope Field, NC
Jul 2016 - Jul 2017 Deputy Commander, 724th Special Tactics Group, Pope Field,NC
Jul 2017 - Jun 2018 Student, Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, RI
Jul 2018 – Jul 2019 Commander, 607th Air Support Operations Group, Osan AB, ROK
Aug 2019 – May 2020 Vice Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL
May 2020 – May 2021 Command and Control IPT Lead, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, FL
June 2021 - Present Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL
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  • MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit (one oak leaf cluster)
Bronze Star with Valor Device (one oak leaf cluster)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters)
Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters)
Air Force Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters)
Joint Service Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster)
Presidential Unit Citation
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
NATO Medal