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CJ Jaynes ’79, M’82 Retires after 33 Years with Navy

CJ Jaynes Retirement Ceremony

CJ Jaynes ’79, M’82 and her IUP friends have remained close. Several attended her retirement ceremony in April. From left: Beth Stein Puko ’79, Laura Wholey ’78, CJ Jaynes, Deb Young ’79, Ellen Hill Schuetz ’79, and Sue Maloy Liszewski ’79. (Photo courtesy of CJ Jaynes)

After 33 years of dedicated service to her country, Rear Adm. CJ Jaynes ’79, M’82 retired from the US Navy on May 1.

In a ceremony April 1 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Jaynes officially stepped down from her last official duty as the program executive officer for air anti-submarine warfare, assault and special mission programs, where she had overseen 10 Navy and Marine Corps aviation acquisition program offices since July 2013.

Jaynes made naval history on August 1, 2012, when she became the Navy’s 79th woman promoted to rear admiral, as well as the first woman at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and in the Navy’s aerospace maintenance duty officer community to achieve flag officer rank. At this point in her career, Jaynes had been serving as NAVAIR’s assistant commander for Logistics and Industrial Operations. Upon her promotion to admiral, she became commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, where she was responsible for seven fleet readiness centers engaged in aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for the entire naval aviation enterprise.

Daughter of Rose and Clyde Jaynes, Jaynes attended St. Gertrude's Catholic School, Vandergrift Junior High, Kiski Area High School, and graduated from Mount Pleasant Area High School. She received a BS degree in mathematics education in 1979 and a master’s degree in mathematics in 1982, both from IUP. She received a master’s degree in business administration from Norwich University in 2008.

Her US Navy career includes operational tours with Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Departments in Mayport, Florida, Diego Garcia, and Lemoore, California; with Training Squadron Eighty-Six (VT-86) in Pensacola, Florida; Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) in Jacksonville, Florida; 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, California; and with NAVAIR in Patuxent River, Maryland, 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).

Her awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three), 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.