Colonel Jon Warr joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July 2022 as an Army War College Fellow following assignment at United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC).
A graduate from the University of Southern California, Colonel Warr received his commission through the Reserved Officer Training Corps program in May of 2000. Following graduation, he completed flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, qualified as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter Pilot.
His operational aviation assignments included the 1-82nd Aviation Regiment and 82d Aviation Brigade, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry, Fort Lewis, Washington. He served as an Attack Platoon Leader, Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, Regimental Aviation Officer to the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Squadron Assistant Operations Officer and Air Cavalry Troop Commander. He deployed three times to Iraq in support of combat operations between 2003 and 2008.
In 2009, Colonel Warr became a Foreign Area Officer (FAO), specializing in China and the Indo-Pacific. Following FAO training, he served from 2013-2016 as a Country Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5), Joint Staff. He then served four years as an Assistant Army Attaché in Beijing, China, until reassignment to the U.S. Army Pacific in summer of 2020. There he served in the G-3, Security Cooperation Directorate, as the East Asia Branch Chief and Deputy Director, until his selection as the Director of the Commander’s Coordination Group, Office of the Commanding General in July 2021.
Colonel Warr is a graduate of the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, OH-58D(I) Flight School XXI, the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Aviation Captains Career Course, Aircraft Survivability Equipment and Electronic Warfare Course, Joint Firepower Controller Course, Airborne School, the Chinese-Mandarin Basic Course, Intermediate Leader Education, and the Joint Military Attaché School. He received his Master of Arts in Asian Studies from George Washington University in 2012.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with V-device, the Senior Army Aviator Badge, the Combat Action Badge, and the Army Parachutist Badge. His unit awards include the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Valorous Unit Award.