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Rear Admiral CJ Jaynes

CJ Jaynes ’79, M’82, assistant commander for NAVAIR logistics and industrial operations, made naval history with her promotion to flag officer during a ceremony on August 1, 2012.

With her new rank, Jaynes became the Navy’s 79th woman promoted to rear admiral as well as the first woman at NAVAIR and in the Navy’s aerospace maintenance duty officer community to achieve flag officer.

“CJ’s a motivator and a visionary, continuously developing and finding innovative ways to meet every challenge put in front of her,” Commander NAVAIR Vice Admiral David Architzel said.

Hundreds of co-workers, family and friends witnessed the promotion ceremony of the Greensburg, Pa., native, which was presided over by Architzel.

Jaynes said the honor was not earned alone. “I owe a great deal of thanks to my peers, mentors, the wonderful Navy family with whom I’ve served, and the unfailing support of my friends and family,” she said. “I am very fortunate to have such solid support network.”

In her current position, Jaynes supports all naval aviation aircraft, weapons, and systems operated by sailors and marines. She is also responsible for overseeing logistics support efforts for both fielded and developmental aviation systems.

Her U.S. Navy career includes operational tours with Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance departments in Mayport, Fla., Diego Garcia, and Lemoore, Calif.; with Training Squadron Eighty-Six (VT-86) in Pensacola, Fla.; Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) in Jacksonville, Fla.; and officer-in-charge commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific.

Her acquisition tours include the Naval Aviation Engineering Service Unit in Philadelphia; the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (PMA-290); F/A-18 Program Integrator Defense Contract Management Command Northrop Grumman, El Segundo, Calif.; and with NAVAIR in Patuxent River, Md., several with the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265); Aircrew Systems Program Office (PMA-202); and Naval Air Traffic Management Systems (PMA-213).

Jaynes received a master’s degree in business administration from Norwich University in 2008. Her awards include the Legion of Merit (two), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and numerous unit awards.

Vice Adm. David Architzel and Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes’ daughter attach shoulder boards to Jaynes’ uniform during her promotion ceremony

Commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, Vice Adm. David Architzel, and Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes’ daughter attach shoulder boards to Jaynes’ uniform during her promotion ceremony Aug. 1 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (U.S. Navy photo by Steve Kays)