J.C. Ledbetter is Chief Operating Officer for Tactical Air Operations (TAO), located in San Diego California. TAO is the first civilian contracted parachute school for the United States Military. They are responsible for training all US Navy and Air Force Special Operators in free fall and static line parachuting. The students that attend TAO’s training are the most elite of any military to include US Navy SEAL’s, SWCC, EOD, Air Force Para Rescue (PJ’s), and Combat Controllers (CCT’s).
JC was born in Dayton, Ohio, in November 1972 and raised on the gulf coast of Florida, enlisting in the United States Navy in January of 1990. JC served twenty years in the United States Navy serving in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewman (SWCC) community. His operational service was 10 years and five deployments in support of the war on terrorism. His awards include of two Meritorious Service medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, five Navy Achievement Medals, one Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and four campaign Medals. After serving a tour at the US Army Military Free F