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Landon Jones grew up in Lompoc and attended Cabrillo High School. He was a standout student and scholar athlete, playing football, graduating in 1996. 

Though he loved his hometown, Landon sought out a path of service and gained admission to the United States Naval Academy. After graduating from Annapolis, he became a Navy pilot, flying SH-60 Sea Hawk Helicopters and deployed multiple times. He then became an accomplished flight school instructor, helping to teach and train the next generation of Navy and Marine Corps aviators. After this successful tour of duty where he was named Instructor of the Year, Landon returned to San Diego and deployed as the Officer-in-Charge of a helicopter detachment aboard the fast combat support ship Ranier. Landon, along with fellow pilot Jon Gibson, was killed in September 2013 when high seas swept his helicopter off a ship’s flight deck after conducting a successful flight mission.

Those who were closest to Landon remember his love of his hometown and alma matter, Cabrillo High School.  

This spring, an educational scholarship of up to $2,500 will be awarded to the worthy applicant who demonstrates academic achievement and community service.

Applicants must provide an autobiographical essay of no more than 750 words which relates their desire for accomplishment, future service, and achievement in relation to the life of Landon Jones.

Articles about Landon Jones:

Santa Maria Times - September 25, 2013

San Diego Union-Tribune - September 24, 2013

Baltimore Sun - September 26, 2013


  • Graduating seniors from Cabrillo High School of Lompoc, California

    • Must be enrolling as a full time student at a college or university in the Fall of 2017

    • A cumulative grade point average above 3.0

    • Involved in school and community activities



  • Be pursuing a degree as a full-time student at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution

  • Have a desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on your community

  • Compile a compelling, thoughtful, and genuine essay response

  • Complete an application form that can be obtained at the Counseling Office



Questions can be sent to (Be sure to note the Jones Scholarship in the Subject Line)

The deadline for a completed application package is April 21, 2020.  Package is to dropped off with Ms Torres in the Counseling Office.

We are seeking inspired, ambitious, and passionate community leaders who are dedicated to giving back to the community.  Grant winners will be required to support The Wingman Foundation at an event during the academic year of the grant.