Jon J. Chytka, Select One

Military Professor & Senior Service Advisor Strategy and Policy Department
Col., U.S. Army
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Colonel Jon Chytka, U.S. Army, joined the S&P in August 2017. COL Chytka has served in staff positions at all levels up to ASCC and has served in command positions up to brigade command. He deployed as a part of operations STABILIZE (East Timor), IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and FREEDOM SENTINEL. COL Chytka was also an APMS at Georgetown University teaching leadership and ethics. Prior to his arrival at the Naval War College, COL Chytka commanded the USACE in Afghanistan where he was responsible for building capacity in the construction trades and for the construction of key military and civil infrastructure throughout the country.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Afghanistan
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Command and Control
  • Ethics
  • HA/DR
  • Joint Operations
  • JPME
  • Koreas
  • Latin America
  • Leadership
  • Middle East
  • Military Planning
  • NATO
  • Security Cooperation

Professional Highlights


S&P Military Professor, Newport, RI


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.

1AD Assistant Brigade Engineer-Lead Planner Romanian Exercise 2005 Wiesbaden, Germany

Led planning efforts for corps and division exercises. A key planner for bi-lateral exercises: TORGAU 05 (Russia) and BULWARK 05 (Bulgaria). The lead planner for the multinational ROMEX 05. ROMEX 05 and simultaneous facility research would pave the way for the eventually beddown of TF East.

Georgetown University Assistant Professor of Military Science/Recruiting Operation Officer

Taught and lectured on leadership, military history, ethics and related topics for the Washington DC Consortium including GU, GWU, and UMCP. Reconstituted Army ROTC program at UMCP after a 52-year exodus. Used GU processes to re-establish academic credit for Army ROTC courses in the consortium.


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

News, Media, & Events

Contemporary Air Wars Workshop

Oct. 17, 2019
8:30 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Trump Continues To Grapple With Foreign Policy Establishment

Sep. 10, 2019
Iowa Public Radio
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