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Math 7
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JROTC Air Rifle Coach

Academic Cadre

MAJ Jonathan W.G. “Jack” DeFabio, USA

Mathematics/JROTC Air Rifle Coach

As a professional military officer and West Point graduate, I discovered Fishburne as an adult not far from my hometown of Port Republic, Virginia. Being one of the oldest and most traditional schools of the American military prep school style, I was drawn to the legacy and lore to be found here. No other school in the United States can boast 98 unbroken years of being a JROTC Honor Unit With Distinction and a 19th Century founding (1879) in the mold of West Point (1802) and VMI (1839). This school prepares young American boys to become leading American men with the honor of centuries past.


I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point as a member of the Class of 2006 with a degree in Military History.  I have served in the Regular Army and the Army National Guard with combat deployments to the War in Iraq and the War in Afghanistan as well as military operations in Australia and the South Pacific as well as the Republic of Mongolia.  I used my Post-9/11 G.I. Bill to earn my Masters in Education from the University of Alaska in 2017.


I collect antique, replica, and reproduction firearms from the 18th and 19th Centuries and I love shooting all of them.  I am highly active in Living History and Reenactment circles including: single action cowboy shooting, the War Between the States, the War of the Revolution, and the Colonial Eras of American History.  For these reasons, Virginia is the place for me. I also enjoy reading about history and tactics in my spare time and teaching this living American History whenever possible. I have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years earning the Eagle Scout Medal, Outstanding Eagle Scout Medal, and the Heroism Medal among others.  Recently I got involved in the Civil Air Patrol as a new hobby.  I am happy to be the father of four children whom I homeschool with my wife Katrin.  My family is deeply involved in our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and have been all over the world.

Awards & Decorations Include:

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal with 2OLC
  • Army Achievement Medal with “C” Device and 4OLC
  • Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Army Superior Unit Award
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with OLC
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars
  • Global War on Terror Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with 9 Service Stars
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Army Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2
  • Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
  • Order of the Warrior Glory 3rd Class (Republic of Mongolia)
  • Honorable Service Medal 1st Class (Republic of Mongolia)
  • NATO Medal with “Afghanistan” Clasp (NATO)
  • Alaska Community Service Medal with Service Star (Alaska)
  • Alaska Marksmanship Medal – Pistol (Alaska)
  • Alaska Domestic Emergency Ribbon (Alaska)
  • Alaska Recruiting Ribbon (Alaska)
  • Alaska State Partnership Program Ribbon (Alaska)
  • Basic Parachutist Badge
  • Arctic Tab
  • Recon Tab
  • Govenors Twenty Tab (Alaska)
  • Order of St. George in Bronze
  • Order of St. George in Black
  • 1st Cavalry Regimental Affiliation
  • Overseas Service Bars (3)
  • Favorite cookie?

    Chocolate Chip

  • Favorite Valley destination?

    Port Republic Battlefield

  • Sports team you hate?

    The Yankees

  • Best book ever written?

    The Bible and The Book of Mormon