Brocton native Jason Haynes was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves. Haynes' promotion ceremony took place at Duke Field in Florida, where he serves as the 919th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander and is responsible for the direct oversight of personnel performing organizational maintenance on assigned aircraft in support of USSOCOM missions.
A graduate of the University of West Florida with a master's in business administration, Haynes also has a bachelor's degree in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Haynes has served for 25 years in both active duty and reserve capacities as an aircraft electronic warfare technician, instructor, aircraft maintainence officer, supply officer, protocol officer and executive officer.
Haynes is a wartime veteran of Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Deny Flight, Northern Watch, Allied Force, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has received the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; the Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters; the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Joint Meritorius Unit Medal.
Haynes is the son of Orlin and the late Mary Haynes. He grew up in Brocton, graduated from Brocton High School in 1986 and enlisted in the Air Force in 1988. He received his commission from Officer Training School in 1995. Haynes currently lives in Niceville, Fla., and is married to the former Anu Roark of Helsinski, Finland. Haynes is the father of Steven and Jake Haynes.
Haynes is employed at Armament Directorate, Elgin AFB as an acquisition program manager.
Haynes' wife and sons, along with his father and his wife Alice, attended the ceremony.