Lieutenant Jason E. Jakubowski, USN, was killed on September 14, 1997, when his F/A-18 went down during a low level training mission in the Middle Eastern country of Oman.
On September 24, 1997, a Memorial Service was held for Jason in the Naval Academy Chapel, followed by a flag presentation ceremony and F/A-18 fly-over at the Columbarium on the Yard at the Naval Academy.
Jason was born on February 25, 1971 in Staten Island, New York. A native of Ashland, Ohio, he graduated from Ashland Senior High School before entering the United States Naval Academy. While at the Academy, Jason was a member of the 31st Company. Jason graduated with Honors from the Academy in May of 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.
After commencement Jason began his flight training in Pensacola, Florida, with follow on assignment in Meridian, Mississippi. He earned his "Wings of Gold" in November 1995 and was then assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 125 for F/A-18 Hornet training. His outstanding efforts in VFA-125 led to his selection as the Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Replacement Pilot of the Year for 1996.
Jason reported to the "Valions" of Strike Fighter Squadron 15 at Naval Air Station, Cecil Field, Florida in October 1996. Assigned as the Avionics/Armament Division Officer with additional duties as Mining Officer and Landing Signal Officer, he completed preparations for deployment on board JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67). Jason deployed with Strike Fighter Squadron 15 in April 1997 for Joint Task Group 97-2 to the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, and Arabian Gulf. He actively participated in operations Deny Flight, and Southern Watch over the skies of Bosnia-Herzegovia and Iraq.
Jason's awards included the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and numerous other unit awards.
Jason is survived by his wife, Robyn; his parents, Stephen and Linda of Grasonville, Maryland; and his brothers Eric (USNA 1995), Ryan (USNA 1999), and Jared.
LT Scott Beattie