Col. Jonathan E. Howerton
5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment
Colonel Jonathan Howerton of Leesville, Louisiana, graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer in 1990. He is also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Colonel Howerton's command assignments include commanding a Howitzer Battery in Bosnia-Herzegovina as a part of Stabilization Force II in support of Operation Joint Guard and commanding 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Iraq in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.
Colonel Howerton has served in a variety of battalion and brigade level staff positions with previous tours in the Republic of Korea, Germany, Iraq, Hawaii, Louisiana, Texas, and Colorado. He also served as the Army Aide to Vice Presidents Cheney and Biden. Prior to assuming command of the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, he served as the Deputy Chief of Plans for US Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, HI.
Colonel Howerton's military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal (with 2 OLC), the Vice Presidential Service Badge, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist and Air Assault Badges.
As the senior liaison unit for the Commander, United States Army Forces (ARFOR) operating in the Pacific theater to the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) for the United States Pacific Command, the 5th BCD facilitates the integration of air power with ARFOR ground operations through the coordination of air support and the exchange of operational and intelligence information. The BCD ensures that the JFACC and 613th Air Operations Center (AOC), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, are aware of the ARFOR Commander's intent, scheme of maneuver, and requirements for air support.