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Lieutenant Colonel JASON A. SOTO

Lieutenant Colonel Jason A. Soto is the Commander, Air Force Reserve 350th Recruiting Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. He is responsible for the health, morale, and welfare of 89 officer and enlisted members as well as eight civilian personnel whose major role is to annually recruit 2,000 Citizen Airmen. He manages an operations budget of over a half million dollars and oversees nine flights and personnel in 49 locations across 19 states. He develops and implements plans for mission changes, facilities advertising and training, which directly impacts the Air Force Reserve recruiting mission.

Lt. Col. Soto entered the Air Force in December 2002 through ROTC from Angelo State University. He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He is a career intelligence officer with assignments in a variety of leadership positions at the flight, squadron, wing, major command, and Air Force headquarters staff.

2021 Reserve Component National Security Course, Washington, D.C.
2021 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2017 Joint and Combined Warfighting School-Hybrid, Norfolk, Va.
2013 Army Command General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2012 Air Command Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2012 AF DCGS Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
2009 Basic Instructor Course, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
2008 Master of Arts, Criminal Justice, American Military University, W. Va.
2007 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Intelligence Officer School, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
2004 Ground Combat Command Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2003 Security Forces Officer School, Lackland AFB, Texas
2003 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, Oklahoma State University

1. January 2003 – April 2005, Security Forces Officer, 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho 
2. May 2005 – December 2005, Intelligence Officer School, 315th TRS, Goodfellow AFB, Texas 
3. January 2006 – May 2009, Intelligence Flight Commander, 432d Wing, Creech AFB, Nevada
4. June 2009 – November 2010, Intelligence Officer Instructor, 217 Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
5. December 2010 – June 2013, Chief of Intelligence, 78th Attack and 30th Reconnaissance Squadrons, Creech AFB, Nev. 
6. July 2013 – July 2014, Student, Army Command General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
7. July 2014 – October 2016, Operations Officer, Joint Reserve Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 
8. October 2016 – July 2018, Deputy Division Chief, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
9. July 2018 – July 2019, Deputy Squadron Commander, 16th Intelligence Squadron (NSA), Fort George G. Meade, Md. 
10. July 2019 – September 2021, Chief, C2/GIISR/RPA Programs, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
11. September 2021 – Present, Commander, 350th Recruiting Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Fort Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
Meritorious Unit Award 
Defense Meritorious Service Medals with oak leaf cluster 
AF Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster 
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters 
National Defense Service Medal 
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 
AF Training Ribbon
Second Lieutenant December 13, 2002
First Lieutenant December 27, 2004
Captain December 27, 2006
Major March 14, 2012
Lieutenant Colonel September 7, 2018
(Current as of October 2022)