Jarid Watson

Jarid Watson | 2011 Staff Sergeant, USAF

Staff Sergeant Jarid J. Watson is a United States Air Force broadcast journalist. He is 30 years old.

Sergeant Watson grew up in Struthers, Ohio and joined the Air Force in 2005. After completing Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas, and broadcast training at the Defense Information School at Ft. George Meade, Maryland, he was sent to Osan AB, Korea. After one year of being the morning radio disc jockey in Korea, his next assignment brought him to Aviano AB, Italy. While serving in Italy, he deployed to Bagram AB, Afghanistan from June to December, 2010. His broadcast experience is well balanced, encompassing all aspects of broadcasting including writing, reporting, training and managing radio, news and television operations. Sergeant Watson’s duties as a military reporter & producer, news anchor and morning disc jockey include interacting with top level commanders and officials. He conducted past interviews with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the EUCOM top Enlisted Leader as well as radio interviews with several well-known actors and TV personalities, including Hall of Fame NFL Coach Don Shula.

Sergeant Watson’s decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, and Joint Commendation Medal. His awards include the John L. Levitow Award as well as 1st place Radio Entertainment Program in the 2009 Air Force Media Contest.

When Sergeant Watson is not working on his education, he enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing video games with his wife, son and daughter.