Commander Jamie Epps is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, but spent his formative years in Azle, Texas, where he calls home. After graduating from high school in 1996 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he spent the first five years of his career as a Fire Controlman, proudly earning the rank of a “Frocked” FC1(SW). He was selected to the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program and commissioned an Ensign through the NROTC program at Jacksonville University in May 2004, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography. CDR Epps also holds a Master of Arts in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He earned his Wings of Gold at HT 8 at Whiting Field, Florida, in 2006
His operational tours include two Counter Narcotics deployments aboard the USS Yorktown (CG 48), two deployments flying the SH-60B with the “Swamp Foxes” of HSL-44 to the FIFTH Fleet AOR, supporting numerous named operations conducting Anti-Submarine and Anti-Surface warfare as well as Naval Special Warfare support missions embarked on the USS Monterey (CG 61) and USS Oscar P. Austin (DDG 79). He had the privilege to serve his department head tour with the “Vipers” of HSM-48 as Squadron Maintenance Officer and Detachment TWO Officer in Charge (OIC). There he embarked once again on the USS Monterey (CG 61) operating in the FIFTH Fleet AOR. His team conducted anti-piracy, anti-small boat attack, Coalition Maritime support, and Special Operations support throughout the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, and Horn of Africa flying the MH-60R.
His shore assignments include a primary flight Instructor tour with the “Rangers” VT-28, an exchange tour with the United Kingdom Royal Navy Safety Centre, and serving as Director of Crew Resource Management (CRM) for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps at the School of Aviation Safety. There his team directly contributed to the mishap milestone of zero Navy and Marine Corps aviation mishaps in FY 2020, purportedly the first since 1922.
Commander Epps has flown over 2,700 hours in fixed and rotary wing aircraft and has earned various personal awards including Squadron Pilot of the Year, Wing Pilot of the Year, and Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) Pilot of the Year, but he is most proud of the Unit Commendation and Battle Efficiency Awards earned as part of the team.
Last Updated: 9 March 2022