Capt. Leon R. Bacon assumed command of Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems Program Office (PMA-273) in September 2012.
Bacon, a native of San Jose, Calif., graduated from the University of Phoenix in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration. He went on to receive his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School and was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1988.
Upon completion of Fleet Replacement Training, he reported to Patrol Squadron FORTY (VP-40) at Naval Air Station Moffett Field, Calif. where he received his warfare designation as a patrol plane commander, patrol plane mission commander and instructor pilot in the P-3C UIII. He participated in deployments to Adak, Alaska; Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines; and Misawa, Japan.
Following his first operational tour, Bacon served as a Fleet Replacement Squadron staff instructor pilot and the operations flight officer to Patrol Squadron THIRTY-ONE (VP-31). His next assignment was as assistant Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) evaluator for Commander, Patrol Wings U.S. Pacific Fleet stationed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Barbers Point, Hawaii.
Bacon was deployed with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as an aircraft launch and recovery officer in support of Operations DESERT STORM and SOUTHERN WATCH. During his tour, the crew of the Vinson was awarded the Battle Efficiency award. Following his tour with the Vinson, Bacon served as assistant maintenance officer and operations officer with Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4). He was deployed to Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory, and to the Arabian Gulf. While serving with VP-4, he flew multiple combat missions in support of Operation DESERT FOX.
Bacon joined the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff at the Pentagon where he worked in the Warfare Policy Directorate, and was subsequently chosen to serve on the Navy’s 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review team. He then reported to Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) Sea Duty Component in Arlington, Va., where he served as the assistant program manager for training systems.
In March 2003, Bacon reported to Patrol Squadron ONE (VP-1) at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. as executive officer and assumed command of the Screaming Eagles in 2004. While in command of VP-1, the Screaming Eagles completed a successful 7th Fleet deployment and directly supported Operation ENDURING FREEDOM flight operations.
Bacon reported to Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., in May 2005, where he has served as the P-3 assistant program manager, logistics. In 2008, he served with the Office for the Administrative Review of Enemy Combatants in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Returning to NAS Patuxent River in 2008, Bacon assumed the position as the P-8A Poseidon Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead, where he led the program through the initiation of a dynamic flight test program as well as a successful Milestone-C decision review.
In June 2011, Bacon assumed the position of Chief of Staff for the Program Executive Officer, Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons.