Commander Jason L. Rider, USN
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO
A native of Alabama, CDR Jason L. Rider is a 1993 graduate of Auburn University with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Following completion of the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron syllabus in 1996, he reported to the Mad Foxes of Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5), Jacksonville, FL for his first operational assignment. While at VP-5, he completed deployments to NAS Keflavik Iceland, Rosie Roads Puerto Rico, and Sigonella Sicily, including tasking as one of the first four SLAM P-3 aircrews to fly combat missions in support of Operations ALLIED FORCE and NOBLE ANVIL during the 1998 Kosovo Conflict. In 2000, following his tour at VP-5, he reported to the Pro’s Nest of VP-30 (FRS) and was immediately assigned to the Orion Weapons and Tactics Unit (WTU), where he completed the final two Fleet Introduction Training sessions of the P-3 AIP derivative. While at VP-30, he helped develop the Orion Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) curriculum. He remains one of the original six graduates from a program that has certified over 120 Aviators since its inception in 2001.
In 2002, CDR Rider reported to BUPERS Sea Duty Component, Dallas, TX, where he served as the Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS) training curriculum manager and test lead for the early development of that system. While at Detachment Dallas, he transitioned to the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) Community and was accepted into class 126 at the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS). In December of 2004, following graduation from USNTPS, CDR Rider reported to AIRTEVRON 20 (VX-20) where he assumed duties as the Developmental Test (DT) lead for LSRS during its 2005 Early Operational Capability (EOC) deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). While at VX-20 he completed the first successful test engagement of a SLAM-ER against a land moving target with LSRS as a third party targeting platform, earning recognition as the 2006 Test Wings Atlantic - Test NFO of the Year.
In February, 2007 he reported to SPAWAR Space Field Activity for assignment at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). There he served as the Deputy Chief Systems Engineer for an Imagery Satellite program and Division Chief for Enterprise Transition and Readiness, responsible for promoting new capabilities into NRO Ground Stations. He was also instrumental in laying the ground work for a LSRS SATCOM architecture, achieving NRO and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) sponsorship and advocacy. Following the NRO, CDR Rider reported to the Advanced Sensor Technologies Program office for assignment as Deputy Program Manager and Integrated Product Team Lead for the Littoral Surveillance Radar System. He was charged with executing the delivery of five new APS-149 radars and the fielding of a Naval SATCOM architecture for LSRS.
In March 2011, CDR Rider assumed duties as Chief Test Pilot for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20). He has flown over 2900 hrs in 11 T/M/S aircraft. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal numeral 1, Navy Commendation Medal with 4 Gold Stars, Navy Achievement Medal with 1 Gold Star and various other unit and general awards.
MACS Patrick P. Otis, USN
Command Senior Chief
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO
MACS(SW/AW/EXW) Otis, a native of Middlebury Vermont, enlisted in the Navy in 1995. Upon completion of recruit training and the GSM pipeline, he reported to his first command, Assault Craft Unit Five. During this tour, he qualified as Maintenance Turn Engineer, Deck Mechanic, Surface Warfare, Aviation Warfare, and qualified up to Section Leader. While at ACU-5, he completed multiple ‘West-Pac’s” pre-deployment work ups and was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class before transferring in 2001. After attending basic instructor, he reported to Assault Craft Unit Five Training Department. As Lead Maintenance Turn Engineer, Deck Mechanic Instructor, he qualified and instructed over 200 personnel. While at ACU-5, he was selected as Sailor of the Year.
In 2003, he transferred to Master at Arms “A” School in San Diego, California, where he was awarded “Top Cop”. He arrived in Okinawa, Japan, and reported to Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa (CFAO). He qualified as Patrolman, Dispatch, and Watch Commander. As Leading Petty Officer of the Security Department, he was responsible for 128 Sailors, 15 local nationals, three bases, six controlled entrance points, and three piers. He was awarded Senior Sailor of the Quarter prior to transferring to Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba. After attending Detainee Operations School and Combat Medical Training School, he was assigned to Joint Task Force Navy Expeditionary Guard GTMO. As Sergeant of the Guard, he was responsible for over 500 detainees and 60 guard personnel. At this time, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer.
In 2006, he reported to Mobile Security Detachment Twenty One and became the LCPO for Harbor Boat Security and Ground Mission. Upon his return from multiple mission sets in Panama, Cuba, and various other countries, he was tasked with creating and executing the Helicopter Visit Board and Seizure Mission for Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s (NECC) first level three team. While attached to MOBSECRON TWO, he was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer, qualified and managed the expeditionary warfare program. As LCPO he completed multiple joint service and country operations.
In 2009 after attending Senior Enlisted Academy, Newport, Rhode Island, he was assigned as Command Senior Advisor at VQ-4 Detachment Patuxent River, Maryland, and led 165 Sailors, re-qualified as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist.. In 2010, he was accepted into the Command Senior Chief Program. Upon completion of the Senior Enlisted Academy in March 2011, MACS Otis assumed duties as Command Senior Chief for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20).
His personal awards include two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, three Good Conduct Medals, Pistol and Rifle Medals, and various unit awards.