Mr. Wayne “Jake” Carson, Department of the Air Force Civilian is the Chief, Mission Assurance Program Branch,
USTRANSCOM J34 Mission Assurance Division, Operations and Plans Directorate, Scott AFB, Illinois. In 2019 Jake was also
appointed additional responsibility as the DOD Liaison to the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute. The USTRANSCOM
Mission Assurance Program synchronizes multiple risk management activities in support of Global DOD Transportation
requirements in support of National Security Missions and Combatant Commanders worldwide.
Jake enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1976 and served as a basic Infantryman before being reassigned as a Combat
Engineer. Attaining the rank of SSgt he was selected for promotion to Warrant Officer as a Construction Officer. Attaining the
rank of CWO-4, was selected, and commissioned an Unrestricted Engineer Officer at the rank of Captain before retiring in
1998. Jake was stationed, and deployed worldwide in support of multiple operations and deployments. Serving as the I, II, and
III Marine Expeditionary Force Construction Officer Jake executed road, route, seaport, and aerial port surveys and
assessments worldwide in support of global, no notice, and planned deployments.
Retiring from active duty Jake was employed by US Road and Rail Services from 1998-2006 specializing in, AAR heavy freight
car repair, rail car prep, short line railroad services, cross docking operations, and intermodal services for many of the Class 1 Railroads. Responsibilities spanned positions of terminal manager, company safety and training manager, DOT compliance officer, ISO 9000 auditor and program manager, AAR freight car inspector/instructor, regional, and general manager before leaving the company in 2006 to join USTRANSCOM.
Supporting the USTRANSCOM Critical Infrastructure Program, Jake served as a transportation analyst, assessor, and Critical Infrastructure Program Subject Matter Expert before leaving the position in 2009 to accept a government position as the USTRANSCOM Critical Infrastructure Program Manager in TCJ3-F Force Protection Division.
Serving as the USTRANSCOM Critical Infrastructure Program Manager, Jake also served as the DOD Transportation Sector Lead, and Defense Infrastructure Sector Council (DISC) Co-Chair from 2011 – 2018, and advocated to adopt the Deputy SECDEF Mission Assurance Strategy published in 2012. USTRANSCOM J3 evolved the Force Protection Division to implement a command wide Mission Assurance Program increasing the Divisions responsibilities to include antiterrorism, physical security, defense critical infrastructure, emergency management, continuity of operations, cyberspace operational risk, and insider threat programs. Jake continues efforts to mature the USTRANSCOM Mission Assurance Program at USTRANSCOM to reduce risk to critical capabilities within DOD, and Interagency partners that USTRANSCOM depends on to execute National Security, and DOD Missions.
Jake is also life member of VFW Post 976; American Legion Post 665; and Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Marine Masonic Lodge 355.