Group Captain Jason Baldock joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1995 and graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1997. He graduated from the School of Air Navigation in 1999 and was posted to Number 36 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, where he served as a navigator on C-130 Hercules and contributed to military operations in support of Bougainville, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Afghanistan, Iraq, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Group Captain Baldock was a senior instructor at the School of Air Navigation before transferring to the Royal Australian Air Force in 2007. He has served in a range of staff appointments including strategic planning and capability roles in Air Force Headquarters, as a strategic planner in Australia’s Border Protection Command and as an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College.

Group Captain Baldock was a member of the global operations staff at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, which is responsible for managing the Australian Defence’s Force’s global operational commitments; he was awarded a Silver Defence Commendation for his service in this role. He served with the United Nations Mission in Sudan as an air operations officer and has served in squadron command appointments with Number 37 Squadron and Number 285 Squadron. In January 2021, Group Captain Baldock was promoted and appointed Director of the Air and Space Power Centre.

Group Captain Baldock holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, a Masters in International Relations from Macquarie University and a Masters in Military Operational Art and Science from the United States Air Force Air University. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Command and Staff College.

Group Captain Baldock’s hobbies include history and philosophy, and following rugby, cricket and motor racing. He is married and has two children.

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