Major Jason Heller

Maj Heller
Operations Officer
AS400 Instructor

Major Jason Heller is the Education Officer, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 365, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is responsible for all Professional Military Training for the 120-person cadet wing that has students across four universities. 

Maj Heller entered the Air Force in 2006 as a graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He began his career as a civil engineer leading base design and rapid construction teams in USINDOPACOM before cross-training into the acquisition career field.  As a developmental engineer Major Heller supported joint C2 integration through airborne networking and the Global Positioning System as Assistant Maintenance Officer for the 2nd Space Operations Squadron. In support of Operation Enduring Freedom he deployed for a year to Afghanistan as the chief engineer of NATO Regional Support Command – South, leading temporary construction for the Afghan Army and Police enabling coalition troop reductions. In addition, Major Heller directed highly classified programs in support of operational requirements for Combatant Commands, National and multi-National partners, and increased data availability in support of global nuclear treaty monitoring. Prior to his current position, Major Heller was the Division Chief for Special Programs at the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB Florida.  On 29 July 2021, Major Heller transferred to the United States Space Force. 

 

EDUCATION

2006 Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

2006 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

2014 Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

2014 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

2017 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL by correspondence

2019 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, VA

 

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Jul ‘06 – Jul ‘08, Deputy Chief of Maintenance Engineer, Chief of Japanese Facilities Improvement Program, and Chief of SABER Programs, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan

  2. Jul ‘08 – Jul ‘09, Chief of Design, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron, Kunsan AB, Republic Of Korea

  3. Jul ‘09 – Aug ‘12, Chief of Systems Engineering Capabilities Integration, and Engineer, C2 Experimentation, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA

Deployment: Jul ‘11 – Jul ’12, Chief Engineer, Regional Support Command – South, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan

  1. Aug ‘12 – Apr ‘14, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

  2. Apr ‘14 – Apr ‘18, GPS Navigation Payload Engineer, Chief, GPS Navigation Payload Analysis, and Assistant Maintenance Officer, 2d Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, CO

  3. Apr ‘18 – Jun ‘20, Division Chief, Special Programs, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, FL

  4. Jun ‘20 – Present, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC Detachment 365, Cambridge, MA

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 31, 2006

First Lieutenant May 31, 2008

Captain May 31, 2010

Major August 1, 2016

 

(Current as of August 2021)