Special to The Ely Times
During a ceremony held on November 15, 2014 at U.S. Third Fleet Headquarters, Point Loma, San Diego, CA, McGill native Jon P. Papez, retired after 30 years of service in the U.S. Navy. The son of the late Louis and Eve Papez of McGill, Captain Papez was born and raised in White Pine County, graduated from White Pine High School, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1983. Following successful completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, Papez was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1984.
As a naval aviator, Papez completed initial flight training and jet aircraft training and in 1985, obtained his initial carrer qualifications onboard the USS Lexington. In August 1986, Papez was awarded his “Wings of Gold”. After completing service as a flight instructor, Papez was assigned to FRS training at Miramar Naval Air Station flying the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet and assigned to the naval carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. His tour of duty was highlighted by his participation in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Captain Papez separated from active duty in 1991 but continued his naval duties in the US Naval Reserve where he held many assignments throughout the world including duty in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Guam, and Germany. In January 2003 he was mobilized by Presidential Recall to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom serving in US Central Command Combined Air Operations Center, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia.
Captain Papez is currently employed as an international pilot with Delta Airlines based in Seattle, Washington. His naval career has been fully supported by his wife Patricia (deceased), sons Neko and Ryan,and daughter Rachael. Captain Papez and his family currently reside in Park City, UT.