Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 Fact Sheet

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Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX 20) is a proud member of Naval Air Systems Command and traces its roots to the founding of Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland. Recognizing the need for Navy flight test effort consolidation, NAS Patuxent River was established on April 1, 1943. The location was selected due to coast proximity, air traffic congestion and isolation. On June 16, 1945, Naval Air Test Center (NATC) (Flight Test Division, Weapon Systems Test Division, Service Test Division, and the United States Naval Test Pilot School) was designated as the center for Navy flight test. In April 1975, NATC was reorganized into the Antisubmarine Aircraft Test Directorate, Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Directorate, Systems Engineering Test Directorate, and the United States Naval Test Pilot School. In June 1986, the directorate was renamed Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate. In May 1995, the organization officially became a squadron and was renamed Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron. In May 2002, the squadron was designated Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO. Throughout its history, the squadron supported the Fleet through the full spectrum test and evaluation of VS, VP, VAW, VRC, VQ, VR, VUP, VMGR, and VT community aircraft.

Current aircraft supporting test at VX-20 are the C-2A, C-12M, C-38, E-2C/D, E 6B, C/KC-130J/T, MQ-4C, P-8A, and T-6A.

Cmdr. Jared D. Goul

VX-20 Commanding Officer

Commander Jared D. Goul, a Scranton, Pennsylvania native, attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and graduated with Merit in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Following commissioning, he attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida and San Antonio, Texas, earning his Naval Flight Officer wings in October 2001.  He then attended P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida.  In May 2002, he reported to Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. While attached to VP-8, CDR Goul deployed to Sigonella, Sicily; Souda Bay, Crete; Misawa, Japan; Kadena, Japan; and conducted detachment operations in Senegal, Thailand, South Korea, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, JOINT GUARDIAN, DELIBERATE FORGE, JTF-LIBERIA, and UNIFIED ASSISTANCE.

In July 2005, CDR Goul returned to VP-30 and served as a Fleet Instructor-Under-Training Instructor and as a Fleet Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Evaluator. During this time, CDR Goul earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Florida.  In May 2008, he reported to Bureau of Personnel Sea Duty Component (BUPERS SDC), Dallas, Texas as a Special Project Officer supporting development of the Littoral Surveillance Radar System for the Navy’s Advanced Sensors Technologies Program Office. During this time, CDR Goul was selected to join the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) community.  He then attended United States Naval Test Pilot School and graduated with Class 139 in June 2011.  Following graduation, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20) as a P-8A Poseidon Project Officer as the Mission Systems Test Lead.  In August 2013, he transitioned to the Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Office (PMA-266), where he served as the Assistant Deputy Program Manager for Mission Systems for the MQ-8 Fire Scout.  In March 2016, CDR Goul joined the Persistent Maritime UAS Program Office (PMA-262) as the Military Class Desk, responsible for all systems engineering and airworthiness on the MQ-4C Triton UAS. During this tour, CDR Goul was selected to be the AEDO Assignments Officer at the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee, where he served from January to August 2018.  CDR Goul reported back to VX-20 as the Chief Test Pilot in October 2018.

CDR Goul has more than 2,500 hours in 22 models of jet, prop, and rotary wing aircraft.  His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign, service, and unit awards.  He is a member of the Acquisition Corps with more than 12 years of acquisition experience and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certified in Test and Evaluation, Program Management, and Engineering.

Cmdr. Jason D. Wells

VX-20 Executive Officer

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, CDR Wells is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Management in 1999, and Hawaii Pacific University with a BS in Computer Information Systems in 2001.  CDR Wells was commissioned from Officer Candidate School  in March 2002, attended flight school in Corpus Christi and Kingsville, TX and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 2003.

Operational assignments include a junior officer tour flying the E-2C Hawkeye with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123 Screwtops) onboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in 2006 & 2007, individual augment tour supporting NATO Training Mission Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012, department head tour with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Five (VAW-125 Tigertails), the first squadron to operationally deploy the E-2D on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in 2015, and assignment onboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) as the Air Operations Officer from 2018 to 2020.

Combat highlights include multiple tours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve and being the first E-2D aircraft commander to fly the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye into combat in 2015.

Shore tours also include duty as a flight student at VAW-120, T-6A Texan Instructor Pilot at VT-4, Air Force Command and Staff College, and duty on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) J-7 Deployable Training Division. 

CDR Wells has logged over 3,000 flight hours, including over 1,000 hours in the T-6A and over 1,700 hours in the E-2C/D, and over 250 carrier arrested landings.  He holds a post-graduate degree in Military Operations Art and Science from Air University in Montgomery, AL.  Military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (four awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) in addition to various unit and campaign awards.

Senior Chief Michael Avallone

VX-20 Command Senior Chief

Senior Chief Avallone is a native of Cape Coral, FL, where he graduated from Cape Coral High in 2003.  He enlisted in September 2003 and completed Basic Training/Machinist Mate “A” School in Great Lakes, IL.

His previous assignments include USS Detroit (AOE-4), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), NRD Philadelphia, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC).

He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief Leadership Course in Newport R.I.  He is a graduate of Regent University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science focused on Paralegal Studies.

His personal decorations include Two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Five Good Conduct Medals and various other unit awards. He has attained his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designations.

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX 20) is a proud member of Naval Air Systems Command and traces its roots to the founding of Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland. Recognizing the need for Navy flight test effort consolidation, NAS Patuxent River was established on April 1, 1943. The location was selected due to coast proximity, air traffic congestion and isolation. On June 16, 1945, Naval Air Test Center (NATC) (Flight Test Division, Weapon Systems Test Division, Service Test Division, and the United States Naval Test Pilot School) was designated as the center for Navy flight test. In April 1975, NATC was reorganized into the Antisubmarine Aircraft Test Directorate, Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Directorate, Systems Engineering Test Directorate, and the United States Naval Test Pilot School. In June 1986, the directorate was renamed Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate. In May 1995, the organization officially became a squadron and was renamed Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron. In May 2002, the squadron was designated Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO. Throughout its history, the squadron supported the Fleet through the full spectrum test and evaluation of VS, VP, VAW, VRC, VQ, VR, VUP, VMGR, and VT community aircraft.

Current aircraft supporting test at VX-20 are the C-2A, C-12M, C-38, E-2C/D, E 6B, C/KC-130J/T, MQ-4C, P-8A, and T-6A.

Cmdr. Jared D. Goul

VX-20 Commanding Officer

Commander Jared D. Goul, a Scranton, Pennsylvania native, attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and graduated with Merit in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Following commissioning, he attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida and San Antonio, Texas, earning his Naval Flight Officer wings in October 2001.  He then attended P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training with Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida.  In May 2002, he reported to Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) at NAS Brunswick, Maine. While attached to VP-8, CDR Goul deployed to Sigonella, Sicily; Souda Bay, Crete; Misawa, Japan; Kadena, Japan; and conducted detachment operations in Senegal, Thailand, South Korea, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, JOINT GUARDIAN, DELIBERATE FORGE, JTF-LIBERIA, and UNIFIED ASSISTANCE.

In July 2005, CDR Goul returned to VP-30 and served as a Fleet Instructor-Under-Training Instructor and as a Fleet Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Evaluator. During this time, CDR Goul earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Florida.  In May 2008, he reported to Bureau of Personnel Sea Duty Component (BUPERS SDC), Dallas, Texas as a Special Project Officer supporting development of the Littoral Surveillance Radar System for the Navy’s Advanced Sensors Technologies Program Office. During this time, CDR Goul was selected to join the Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) community.  He then attended United States Naval Test Pilot School and graduated with Class 139 in June 2011.  Following graduation, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20) as a P-8A Poseidon Project Officer as the Mission Systems Test Lead.  In August 2013, he transitioned to the Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Office (PMA-266), where he served as the Assistant Deputy Program Manager for Mission Systems for the MQ-8 Fire Scout.  In March 2016, CDR Goul joined the Persistent Maritime UAS Program Office (PMA-262) as the Military Class Desk, responsible for all systems engineering and airworthiness on the MQ-4C Triton UAS. During this tour, CDR Goul was selected to be the AEDO Assignments Officer at the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee, where he served from January to August 2018.  CDR Goul reported back to VX-20 as the Chief Test Pilot in October 2018.

CDR Goul has more than 2,500 hours in 22 models of jet, prop, and rotary wing aircraft.  His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign, service, and unit awards.  He is a member of the Acquisition Corps with more than 12 years of acquisition experience and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III certified in Test and Evaluation, Program Management, and Engineering.

Cmdr. Jason D. Wells

VX-20 Executive Officer

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, CDR Wells is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Management in 1999, and Hawaii Pacific University with a BS in Computer Information Systems in 2001.  CDR Wells was commissioned from Officer Candidate School  in March 2002, attended flight school in Corpus Christi and Kingsville, TX and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 2003.

Operational assignments include a junior officer tour flying the E-2C Hawkeye with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Three (VAW-123 Screwtops) onboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in 2006 & 2007, individual augment tour supporting NATO Training Mission Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012, department head tour with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Five (VAW-125 Tigertails), the first squadron to operationally deploy the E-2D on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in 2015, and assignment onboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) as the Air Operations Officer from 2018 to 2020.

Combat highlights include multiple tours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve and being the first E-2D aircraft commander to fly the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye into combat in 2015.

Shore tours also include duty as a flight student at VAW-120, T-6A Texan Instructor Pilot at VT-4, Air Force Command and Staff College, and duty on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) J-7 Deployable Training Division. 

CDR Wells has logged over 3,000 flight hours, including over 1,000 hours in the T-6A and over 1,700 hours in the E-2C/D, and over 250 carrier arrested landings.  He holds a post-graduate degree in Military Operations Art and Science from Air University in Montgomery, AL.  Military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (four awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) in addition to various unit and campaign awards.

Senior Chief Michael Avallone

VX-20 Command Senior Chief

Senior Chief Avallone is a native of Cape Coral, FL, where he graduated from Cape Coral High in 2003.  He enlisted in September 2003 and completed Basic Training/Machinist Mate “A” School in Great Lakes, IL.

His previous assignments include USS Detroit (AOE-4), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), NRD Philadelphia, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC).

He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief Leadership Course in Newport R.I.  He is a graduate of Regent University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science focused on Paralegal Studies.

His personal decorations include Two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Five Good Conduct Medals and various other unit awards. He has attained his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designations.