Air-to-Air Missiles Program

Air-to-Air Missiles Program Office (PMA-259) is responsible for the acquisition, development and sustainment of air-to-air missile systems.

Captain Christopher B. DeBons, USN

Captain Christopher B. DeBons, USN

Program Manager, Air-to-Air Missiles Program

Captain Christopher B. DeBons graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and received his commission via Officer Candidate School in September 1999.

After earning his wings in April 2001, DeBons he reported to Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 “Grim Reapers” for training in the F-14D Tomcat. His first operational tour was with Fighter Squadron (VF) 213 “Black Lions” from April 2002 to April 2005 where he deployed on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2005, DeBons reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 at Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) China Lake, California, and in 2007 reported to U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) as a member of Class 133. 

Upon graduation in 2008, he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 30 at NAWDC Point Mugu, California, as the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Project Officer overseeing Tomahawk Missile flight test activities.

In 2010, DeBons reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 for assignments as a Department Head and for instructor duty responsible for training newly winged aviators in the F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft. During this tour, DeBons earned his Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

DeBons reported to Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office (PMA-280) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in 2012 as the Deputy Program Manager for the Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System (ACAT III). During this tour, he led development of DDG-1000 Tomahawk Capability, SSN, SSGN, and DDG weapon system integration. 

DeBons reported to The Direct and Time Sensitive Strike Weapons office (PMA-242) in 2015 as the Deputy Program Manager for the Airborne Rockets, JATO/RATO, and Pyrotechnics programs. While there he supported the integration of Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System II onto AV-8B, F-16, and A-10 aircraft where the team received the 2015 Captain, Naval Air Systems Command for Speed to Fleet award. 

In 2017, DeBons joined the staff of USNTPS as the Department Head for the Airborne and Unmanned Systems department.

In October 2019, DeBons reported to F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265). He served Deputy Program Manager for EA-18G from October 2019 until August 2020 and as Deputy Program Manager for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet from September 2020 until July 2022. 

In August 2022, DeBons became the program manager for PMA-259.

DeBons’ awards include Strike/Flight Air Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and unit and campaign medals.


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