Jon J. Chytka

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Col., U.S. Army
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Col. Chytka has served at the Naval War College in various positions since 2017 and has recently transitioned to the Tasker Howard Bliss Chair. His military background includes serving in staff positions at all levels up to Army Service Component Command and in command positions up to brigade command. Col. Chytka deployed in combat operations Stabilize (East Timor), Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Freedom Sentinel. He has taught at Georgetown University as an assistant professor and previously commanded the USFOR-A/USACE District in Afghanistan where he was responsible for building capacity in the construction trades and for the construction of key military and civil infrastructure.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Ethics
  • HA/DR
  • Joint Operations
  • JPME
  • Latin America
  • Leadership
  • Military Planning

Professional Highlights


Tasker Howard Bliss Chair

Develops and resources curriculum, seminars, and discussions to address US Army and land warfare topics.

Senior Army Adviser

Provides leadership and administration for the fifteen NWC Army faculty and the roughly 130 NWC Army resident students.

Strategy and Policy Military Professor

As a part of the S&P Department at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI, teaches and facilitates the mastery of critical thought and grand strategy at the graduate level.

Afghanistan Engineer District Commander, Bagram Airfield Field (USACE)

Directed the strategic engineer execution for RESOLUTE SUPPORT in building facilities for Afghan Special Forces and Air Force, civic national infrastructure (dams, electrical grids and roads) and other special projects. Focused on training and advising civic ministries in the construction trades.

Mobile Engineer District, Mobile, AL (USACE)

Directed the construction oversight of strategic defense infrastructure in Southeast US as well as Latin America for the military services, NASA, FBI, VA, and others. Oversaw the O&M of 5 waterways, 27 dams, and 10 federal channels. Executed regulatory authorities over navigable waters.

130th Engineer Brigade Deputy Commander/ Rear Detachment Commander, Schofield Barracks, HI

Led preparation for brigade HQ's deployment to Afghanistan. Aided in the planning and execution of the brigade support to COBRA GOLD in Thailand and the 84th EN BN's general area support to Guam and Micronesia.

Afghanistan Engineer District Deputy Commander, Kabul, Afghanistan (USACE)

Assisted in directing the strategic engineer execution for ISAF in building facilities for Afghan National Defense Forces (Army and Police), roads and bridges, and MILCON projects. Focused on training and advising the ANDSF and building sector on construction trades.

Honolulu Engineer District, FT Shafter, HI (USACE)

Commanded of the execution of strategic national defense infrastructure and civil works in Hawaii and US territories (Pacific) for the military services, NASA, FBI, VA, and others. Executed certain real estate authorities and FEMA ESF duties.

1AD Engineer Brigade Commander (Deactivation)/Executive officer Giessen, Germany

Commanded the deactivation of the brigade including reassigning personnel, turn-in or transfer of equipment and completing heraldry requirements. Led the planning and execution of IRON STRIKE EX, a multinational exercise (Brit-German) for the Brigade.

40th Engineer BN-TF Ram Executive Officer, Baumholder, Germany-CP Buering, Kuwait-Baghdad, Iraq

Led the pre-deployment planning and training and then movement to theater for the Task Force's deployment to OP IRAQI FREEDOM. The task force was comprised of engineer, military police and intelligence, and signal units. The TF's missions included strategic reserve, CMO, HA, and combat support.


M.A., Naval War College, 2013, Strategic Studies

M.S., UMR, 1998, Construction Management

B.S., USMA, 1990, Aerospace Engineering

Related Credentials

Engineer-In-Training, Missouri, 1995

Mapping, Charting and Geodesy, 1995

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal
6 Oak Leaf Cluster

Australian Army Service Medal

Army Commendation Medal
Oak Leaf Cluster

Army Achievement Medal
Oak Leaf Cluster

NATO Medal
2 Medals

Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Valorous Unit Award

Meritorious Unit Award

Army Superior Unit Award
2 Awards

Ranger Tab

Airborne Badge

Air Assault Badge

Other Honors

Army Engineer Regiment Bronze and Silver de Fleury Medallion

ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer of the Year Running Up 2002

External Memberships and Associations

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Assoc. of United States Army

Army Engineer Regiment

Military Officer Association of America

National Association of Underwater Instructors

Alumni Associations

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