Commander Jonathan E. Spore


Commander Spore, a native of Chantilly, Virginia graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering.

After completing Naval Flight Officer training, Commander Spore reported to Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5), the “Mad Foxes”. While serving in VP-5, he completed deployments to 4th Fleet in support of counter-drug operations and to 6th Fleet in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, helping VP-5 earn the 2001 Battle “E”.

After completing his first Fleet tour in 2002, Commander Spore was assigned to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN (CPRW-11). His duties in CPRW-11 included Assistant Operations Officer, Assistant Training Officer, and Weapons Systems Trainer Officer. During this tour, Commander Spore earned the Weapons and Tactics Instructor qualification.

In April 2004, Commander Spore was assigned as the Operations Administrative Assistant aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). While serving aboard THEODORE ROOSEVELT, Commander Spore was designated as Officer of the Deck Underway, Assistant Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck Inport, and deployed to 5th and 6th Fleets in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Following his tour aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), Commander Spore was selected to serve as the Flag Lieutenant for Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic where he served from November 2005 until July 2007.

His next assignment took him back to VP-30 where he served as the FRS Training Director from July 2007 until October 2008. As Training Director he was directly responsible for the training and qualification of all FRS replacement officers and enlisted aircrew in the largest aviation squadron in the U.S. Navy.

In November 2008, Commander Spore reported as a Department Head in Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16). During his tour in VP-16, he completed a deployment to 7th Fleet and a deployment to 4th and 6th Fleets while serving in the Tactics, Training, and Maintenance Officer billets.

After completing his Department Head tour in November 2010, Commander Spore reported to the OPNAV Staff to serve as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8).

In February 2012, Commander Spore reported to the Joint Staff, J-8 assigned to the Deputy Director for Resources and Acquisition. He detached from the Joint Staff in December 2013 to serve as Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4).

Commander Spore’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards.

Commander Spore and his wife Jennifer have three children, Mitchell, Landon, and Marian.