Leaders at MCAS Iwakuni
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
Lt. Col. Jonathan A. Hutchison's Biography
Commanding Officer : Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron

LtCol Hutchison was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 2002 and upon graduation from The Basic School in July 2003, he reported to Infantry Officer Course (IOC) in October 2003. Following completion of IOC, he attended flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in July 2005. He then reported to VMFAT-101 at MCAS Miramar, California, for initial training in the F/A-18D Hornet. Upon completion of his training in December 2006, he was designated a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO).

In January 2007, LtCol Hutchison reported to VMFA(AW)-224, MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, for service in the Fleet Marine Forces. In March 2007, he deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, as part of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP). While assigned to VMFA(AW)-224, LtCol Hutchison served as Assistant Quality Assurance Officer and Powerline Division Officer.

In February 2008, LtCol Hutchison deployed to Camp Korean Village, Iraq, with Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 (VMU-2) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). During the deployment to OIF, he served as Marine Air Control Group 38 (MACG-38) senior Marine within Multi National Force-West Area of Operations and VMU-2 detachment Officer-In-Charge (OIC).

Upon returning from OIF, LtCol Hutchison reported back to VMFA(AW)-224, MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina. In January 2009, he deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, in support of UDP. In June 2010, he attended the Tactical Air Control Party Course in Coronado, California, and was the honor graduate while being designated a Forward Air Controller. While assigned to VMFA(AW)-224, LtCol Hutchison served as Current and Future Operations Officer, Flight Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.

In July 2010, LtCol Hutchison reported to the 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for duty as the 1st Brigade Air Officer. In November 2010, he deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). During the deployment, he assumed the duties of 1st Brigade Platoon Commander.

In March 2012, LtCol Hutchison reported to VMFA(AW)-533 at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina. During his tour, he deployed twice in support of UDP and once to Isa Air Base, Bahrain, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). In September 2013, he was designated a Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) and in January 2015, he was designated an Aircraft Maintenance Officer (AMO). While assigned to VMFA(AW)-533, LtCol Hutchison served as the WSO Training Officer, Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and the AMO.

In August 2016, LtCol Hutchison reported to Command and Staff College (CSC), where he earned a master’s Degree in Military Studies. While attending CSC, LtCol Hutchison was selected to attend the School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW), graduating with a Master’s of Operational Studies in May of 2018.

Upon completion of the SAW course, LtCol Hutchison reported to Headquarters Marine Corps Aviation Plans and Policy (HQMC APP) and served as the MAGTF Planner from May 2018 until June 2020.

In June 2020, LtCol Hutchison and his family reported to MCAS Iwakuni and joined Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron.

LtCol Hutchison has accumulated more than 1800 flight hours with over 1500 hours in the F/A-18D and holds numerous instructor qualifications. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with the Numeral Two, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Gold Star in lieu of 2nd  Award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with Gold Star in lieu of 2nd Award), and the Combat Action Ribbon.