Col. Jason M. Grandy is Commander of the 919th Special Operations Wing, United States Air Force Reserve, Duke Field, Florida. The 919th SOW, in classic association with the 492nd Special Operations Wing, provides operations and maintenance personnel to support Combat Aviation Advisor and Non-Standard Aviation programs utilizing C-145A and C-146A aircraft. Airmen assigned to the 919th SOW conduct flight instruction and deploy as required in the U-28A, AC-130J, MC-130H, C-145A and C-146A aircraft. The wing employs the MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft conducting combat air patrols in support of combatant commanders worldwide. Members of the 919th SOW also deliver full motion video processing, exploitation and dissemination to special operations forces engaged in combat and non-combat operations around the globe.
Col. Grandy is a 1999 graduate of Clemson University where he received his commission through the Air Force ROTC program. In 2001, he graduated Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. His first operational assignment was to Cannon AFB, New Mexico where he flew the F-16CJ as a 4-ship flight lead performing Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses mission. He was then assigned to the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron at Nellis AFB and Creech AFB, Nevada, where he flew the MQ-1 predator as both an instructor and evaluator pilot. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 as the MQ-1 Launch and Recovery Element Commander. Col. Grandy transitioned to the Reserve in 2009 and served in the 2nd SOS as an MQ-9 pilot and later squadron commander. Afterwards, he transferred to Air Force Special Operations Command Headquarters where he served in the Force Structure and Basing Division as the Deputy Chief of Programs. He was the Reserve Component subject matter expert for AFSOC’s Total Force Integration initiatives and force composition where he implemented TFI efforts with HAF, AFRC, Air National Guard and other Air Force Major Commands and Department of Defense agencies. Prior to his current assignment, Col. Grandy was the commander of the 919th Special Operation Group.
1999 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Clemson University, South Carolina
1999 Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2013 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2013 Masters of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2018 Air War College, by correspondence
1. May 2000 – October 2001, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. October 2001 – June 2002, Student, F-16 Initial Qualification training, Luke AFB, Ariz.
3. June 2002 – October 2005, F-16CJ Pilot, Chief of Wing Life Support, Cannon AFB, New Mexico
4. October 2005 – June 2009, MQ-1 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, Flight Commander, Nellis/Creech AFB, Nevada
5. June 2009 – October 2012, MQ-1 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Nellis AFB, Nevada
6. October 2012 – January 2016, MQ-1/9 Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Chief of Scheduling, Director of Personnel and Director of Operations, Nellis AFB, Nevada and Hurlburt Field, Florida
7. January 2016 – September 2018, MQ-9 Pilot, Commander, 2nd Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
8. September 2018 - January 2020, Chief, Reserve Forces Integration, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida.
9. January 2020 – July 2021, Commander, 919th Special Operations Group, Duke Field, Florida.
10. July 2021 – present, Commander, 919th Special Operations Wing, Duke Field, Florida.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 4,000+
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T/AT-38, F-16C/CJ, MQ-1, MQ-9
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three devices
Aerial Achievement Medal with twenty five devices
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with four devices
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one device
Combat Readiness Medal with four devices
National Defense Service Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal with one device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 5, 1999
First Lieutenant June 5, 2001
Captain June 5, 2003
Major March 1, 2009
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 21, 2014
Colonel January 6, 2020
(Current as of July 2021)