Senior Naval Science Instructor


Senior Naval Science Instructor

Captain Jonathan D. Picker, USN (Ret)


Captain Picker graduated from the University of Washington in 1983 and received his commission through the NROTC Scholarship Program. He subsequently attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 1985.

Captain Picker’s aviation assignments included: Helicopter Combat Support Squadron FIVE (HC-5); Helicopter Combat Support Squadron THREE (HC-3); Helicopter Combat Support Squadron EIGHT (HC-8); and he commanded Helicopter Combat Support Squadron SIX (HC-6) where he led the first east coast squadron through the transition from the venerable CH-46D to the MH-60S. During his tenure, the squadron was awarded two consecutive Battle “E” Awards. He has accumulated over 3,200 flight hours during his career in the CH-46D, the MH-60S, and UH-1N.

His shore duty assignments included serving as the first Flag Secretary for Commander, Naval Doctrine Command and as an Exercise Planning Officer at Regional Headquarters Allied Forces Southern Europe where he was assigned to the Communications and Information Systems Division. Captain Picker also commanded the Center for Personal and Professional Development where he was primarily responsible for the Navy’s leadership training continuum and the Navy’s Voluntary Education Program. During this tour, the command was awarded the Training “T” award as the top Training Center of Excellence in the Navy. Captain Picker’s final assignment was at Joint Force Command Lisbon as an Executive Assistant. Additionally during his time ashore, Captain Picker completed JPME Phase I through the Naval War College Seminar Program, Phase II education through the Armed Forces Staff College and completed a MS in Campaign Planning and Strategy at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College.

Captain Picker’s sea going assignments included: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) as the Helicopter Direction Center Officer; USS BATAAN (LHD 5) as the Air Boss; and as Commodore, Amphibious Squadron ONE where he embarked aboard USS TARAWA for an Arabian Gulf deployment and the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) for RIMPAC 06.

Captain Picker and his wife March have three grown children: Maddy, Ellen, and Luke.

Captain Picker is a designated Joint Specialty Officer and his awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as several campaign and service awards. Captain Picker retired from active service on July 1, 2013.