Honorary Commander Feature: Jason Klonoski

Jason Klonoski

Mr. Jason Klonoski
Fighter Country Partnership: Honorary Commander Alumnus: Blue Blazer Squadron

Jason Klonoski
Morgan Realty Partners

Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Jason Klonoski, an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program and currently a member of the Blue Blazer Squadron of Fighter Country Partnership. Mr. Klonoski was assigned to the 56th Comptroller Squadron at Luke Air Force Base from 2010 to 2012 and is a highly engaged community leader.

Professional Summary

Following a career in professional baseball, Jason joined the global real estate firm of Cushman & Wakefield specializing in the representation of landlords, tenants, investors and developers of industrial and high tech, and office properties. During his tenure with C&W he established himself as a knowledgeable market leader, advising his development clients on underwriting, financing, construction and disposition of over eight million square feet of new development with a value in excess of $750 million dollars.

Jason was promoted to President of Morgan Partners, a Real Estate Investment, Development, and Advisory firm, in 2008 after serving as a regional President. He has exclusively represented and partnered with a prestigious ownership group including Guardian, RREEF, USAA, Cabot Partners, Triton Pacific, Strategic Capital Partners, Principal Global Investors, Kennedy Associates, Transwestern, Koll Development, Panattoni Development, Voit Development, Sunstate, Kitchell Development, EJM Development, The Hewson Companies, HSA Commercial, The Alter Group, and Buzz Oates Enterprises.

He is a member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Professionals (NAIOP). He has served as an officer on the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix Executive Council. During his tenure the organization has raised over $10,000,000 for valley charities.

Jason has been a founding board member of four schools serving at risk youth in the Phoenix. He was a Board Member, Business Committee Chair and National Projects Director for a national charter school organization and has built over twenty schools, both public and private.

He served two year as an Honorary Commander at Luke Air Force base and is currently Vice Chairman of the Blue Blazer Squadron, an organization of business leaders, raising money to support the men, women, families and the mission of Luke AFB.

Jason is also a member of the Scottsdale Charros. He is a School and Church Board member of Christ Church Lutheran. He was a member for 15 years of Phoenix Country Club and is now a member of Arizona Country Club. He serves on the Arcadia Little League Board. He graduated from the University of Arizona studying Real Estate Finance/Economics and recently served on the advisory board for the University’s School of Finance.

Jason lives in the Arcadia neighborhood in Phoenix, AZ. He is married to Chris, and has three children

“My time as an Honorary Commander was remarkable,” said Mr. Klonoski when asked about his experience. “I was struck by the honor and sense of duty each of my host commanders had. It humbled me. They were so selfless. It was refreshing.”

“I learned that most of the things I look for and don’t see as often as I would like in the real world, I find everyday on the base in our airmen and officers. They are, I believe, the best of what our country offers. Honest, responsible, accountable. I am constantly in awe of the men and women I meet.”

“I don’t know how it could have changed me more. From the airmen to the four wing commanders I have had the privilege to come to know, I have been moved to know them all. I gladly tell the story to all who will listen– the story of Luke AFB. Great young men and women defend our nation, our freedoms, and our way of life, selflessly, willingly, and sometimes with a real impact to their loved ones. My respect for them has grown immensely.”

Mr. Klonoski explained that of all the many experiences while an Honorary Commander, visiting the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field and the Barry M. Goldwater Range were some of his most memorable times.

“I enjoyed sharing stories with the 56th Fighter Wing Commander and his key staff after a day on the Goldwater Range. I love the traditions and rituals that we are fortunate enough to occasionally witness and sometimes participate in.

Jason Klonoski

Members of the Blue Blazer Squadron of the Fighter Country Partnership as well as Honorary Commanders observe an A-10 Thunderbolt II fly by as it strafes its target at the Barry M. Goldwater Range.

Mr. Klonoski explained that it has been a few years since he was an Honorary Commander, but that he took both of his squadron commanders to visit his place of work, toured and met his associates to share best practices in HR, morale building, and performance assessment.

“I think we learned quite a bit from each other. I have spoken multiple times to groups of enlisted men and women of various ranks. Sharing with them that the qualities they possess are desirable in the real world, but they must work hard, commit, and follow though.”

Jason Klonoski

Jason Klonoski heads up a discussion group during the 2015 Blue Blazer Charge at Luke AFB

“As an Honorary Commander and now a Blue Blazer, I have participated in everything you could imagine. A Roll call at the 21st Fighter Squadron, helping drywall Cinderella’s and Prince Charming Closet, medical simulations, flown flight simulators, refereed basketball games at Wingman’s Day, spoken at Focus 56 and Speed Mentoring.”

Jason Klonoski

During a Blue Blazer Charge, Jason discusses the upcoming golf tournament – the largest fund raiser for Fighter Country Partnership to help the men and women of Luke AFB.

“I attended multiple change of commands; promotion ceremonies; Air Force Balls; Combat Dining-In’s; Haboob Havoc; golf tournaments; served on the Private Organization Council with the past and present Command Chiefs; organized and participated in the March of the Fallen; Knights of Heroes; flown to and visited the F-35 factory; flew in an air refueling tanker and observed F-16s get refueled in mid-flight; flown in the backseat of an F-16; met pilots and maintainers; toured the engine hush house; took a trip to Nellis AFB, Nevada – you name it!

Jason Klonoski

Mr. Klonoski participates in the March of the Fallen event held at the Golf Club at Verrado on April, 19 2014. March of the Fallen (MOTF) is a 4.5 mile ruck-march through the White Tank Mountains dedicated to honoring our fallen brothers and sisters who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the war efforts of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND). Proceeds from the benefit are donated to the Luke AFB Airmen’s Fund and the Knights of Heroes. Thank you to Verrado and all the volunteers for making this event a huge success!


Jason Klonoski

Blue Blazers visit the engine Hush House at Luke AFB. (Jason is far left.)

His participation continues as Mr. Klonoski states, “I have mentored folks who are separating as well as volunteered at many events. I’ve purchased multiple sponsorships for base events, shuttled people during air shows, cooked burgers and steaks for the wing picnic and other gatherings, painted, cleaned, collected trash, and engaged and educated many friends to share the great things happening at Luke.”

Jason Klonoski

During a Blue Blazer Charge to Nellis AFB, NV, in 2014, Mr. Klonoski and the Blue Blazers visited Red Flag, the Threat Training Facility and the “Petting Zoo”, as well as the Thunderbird Facility and Museum.

Jason Klonoski

The BBS teamed up with the 56th Civil Engineering Squadron at Luke AFB to build out the Cinderella & Prince Charming’s Closet. The closet allows young enlisted Airmen and spouses (primarily E-5 and below) to have access to new or gently used gowns/ dresses/suits and accessories to wear at official functions or similar occasions. This project is a prime example of how Fighter Country Partnership supports culture and tradition at Luke AFB.

Mr. Ron Sites, President and Executive Director of Fighter Country Partnership said:

“Jason is a perfect example of how important the Blue Blazer Squadron program has become. The program provides new opportunities for great HCCs to remain involved, and Jason has taken the program by its horns and jumped back in full force…with massive results…Thanks for the time and dedication Jason!!!”

Jason Klonoski

Getting ready for his F-16 flight at Luke AFB, Mr. Klonoski fastens his G-suit for the ride of his life! Luke crew chiefs assist in the preflight.

Jason Klonoski

The Blue Blazer Squadron floating the U.S. Flag balloon at the Fiesta Bowl Parade. Jason is in the middle, back row

“I was faced with a very unique choice when I was finishing college– apply to Officer Candidate School, or play professional baseball. I have, on occasion, thought what my life would be like had I chosen differently. Since my Honorary Commander experience, I have felt that I didn’t step up and do my part. What I did as an Honorary Commander and now as a Blue Blazer, I do humbly, grateful that I can serve the airmen who have made the real commitment. I feel it is imperative to show our service members that there is a grateful nation behind them at home, ready to help in every way we can. That I can play a small part in that is a privilege.”

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