Chenega Technical Innovations (CTI) would like to shed a spotlight on Jason Steers, a Systems Engineer and Technical Advisor (SETA) High-Resolution 3D (HR3D) Military Planner for CTI, who recently received kudos from the US Embassy in Ghana. This almost four-year employee of CTI has more than stepped up to the plate to over-deliver on his promises to the program, creating an excellent example for the team surrounding him.
“Jason provided two very comprehensive and expert briefings to a Ghanaian Parliamentary representative, several senior ranking Ghana Armed Forces Officers, the United States Defense Attaché Office (USDAO) Accra Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché (SDO/DATT), and myself. Jason was able to infer information based on generic questioning, extrapolate the information, and provide examples about the utilization of the information collected. Jason also helped to educate regarding Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAF) efforts to ingest foundational data (imagery) into the network and the visual implications associated with available software. This helped partner nation capacity-building efforts, not to mention Jason’s enthusiasm kept the entire process on schedule,” said a member of the US Embassy.
This person goes on to say they would “love to continue efforts to collaborate going forward and are happy to accommodate in the future as needed.” These types of messages prove the exemplary work being conducted by Jason and the impact he has made on future programs with the embassy. This is dedication in the truest form.
As a SETA, Jason acts as the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and United States European Command (USEUCOM) Liaison Officer (LNO) to the Army Geospatial Center (AGC). He supports the deployment and employment of air platforms across both Combatant Commands (COCOMs) on top of many other tasks. Jason is also in charge of coordinating with US Embassies and the Partner Nation to obtain overflight authorities, collection authorities, and data dissemination, and coordination with the COCOM Joint Reconnaissance Center (JRC) to ensure appropriate platform authorities are in place and then establishing processes’ based on requirements, among other tasks. He is often referred to as a “puzzle master,” as a puzzle has lots of (moving) parts, but it takes a keen mind to figure out how to put them all together. As he puts it, “boy, can I put a puzzle together.”
In his time outside of Chenega, Jason enjoys traveling. His mom always told him to “Go, See, Do,” and that’s exactly how he’s lived his life. Though currently living in Nuertingen, Germany. Jason has sailed to many other places worldwide, including sailing around the Statue of Liberty, Venice, Tunisia to Sicily, Lake Garda, Monaco to St. Tropez, and more! When not traveling by sailboat, Jason also enjoys traveling by motorcycle, once having ridden his Harley through ALL the contiguous states within one month. “If it looks fun, I’ll try it,” he says.
Jason’s next big trip will be heading out west to Colorado in November. There, he will visit with one of his daughters and become a grandfather! Congrats on the upcoming new family member, and thank you for all that you do for CTI, Jason!