A native of Flint, Michigan, Captain Croxson is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, concurrently commissioned in the United States Navy on 19 June 1992 through the NROTC Program at the University of Michigan.
Designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1994 at NAS Pensacola, Florida and was trained as an EA-6B Electronic Counter Measures Officer (ECMO) at VAQ-129 in Whidbey Island, Washington and assigned to VAQ-135 in June of 1995. While with the “Black Ravens”, he was the NATOPS Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, CMEO, and Prowler Tactics Instructor (PTI). He completed three deployments to the Western Pacific on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-74).
Leaving Whidbey Island in 1999, he joined VX-9 in China Lake, California. He was assigned as the Foreign Military Exploitation (FME) Officer, EA-6B ICAP III Project Officer, and TEAMS Officer. During his tour with the “Vampires” CAPT Croxson was selected to attend the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School and graduated with Class 120 in December 2001.
CAPT Croxson was assigned to Strike Aircraft Test Squadron where he was the Lead project officer for the ICAP III project during intial development and test of the future of Airborne Electronic Attack.
He then reported to the Patriots of VAQ-140 as a dept head and completed two deployements, one combat deployment onboard the USS George Washington (CVN-73) supporting OIF and OEF and one in an expeditionary role in Iwakuni Japan supporting PACOM force structure requirements.
After his department head tour, he transferred to CVWP to lead the ICAP III Fleet Introduction Team during the initial fielding of the newest EA-6B ICAP III aircraft. During his tenure at CVWP, his team successfully trained and equipped two new ICAP III squadrons and transitioned them to the ICAP III BLK 2 which incorporated MIDS and brought the EA-6B community into the link arena.
He then volunteered for a one year Individual Augmentee (IA) mission to help support the Army and Marine Corps against the RCIED threat in Iraq. He spent 11 months in western Iraq as part of JCCS-1 working as the MNF-W CREW Operations Officer directing 55 members of the JCCS-1 team. During that time period the threat from RCIEDs was almost completely eliminated.
Upon returning from Iraq, he returned once again to Strike now renamed VX-23 and combined the EA-6B and EA-18G shops into a single efficient Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) center of excellence. In addition, he managed the combined test teams which transitioned the EA-18G program from Developmental Test to Operational Test.
He completed his tour with PMA 265 as the SCS Lvl II co-lead in charge of software for the fleet of 1,500 F/A-18A-F and EA-18G aircraft and was assigned to PMA 234 as the Next Generation Jammer Level I IPT Lead.
In May 2015, CAPT Croxson assumed command of the Multifunctional Information Distiribution System (MIDS) Program Office (PMA/PMW-101) as the Program Manger. PMA/PMW-101 is an Acquisition Category (ACAT) 1C program assigned to Program Executive Office Tactical Aircraft Programs. MIDS develops, fields and supports interoperable, affordable and secure tactical data link and programmable networking technologies and capabilities for the Joint, Coalition and International warfighter. MIDS products support airborne, maritime, and fixed station platforms with a multi-band, multi-mode, networkable, software definable radio system satisfying existing and future requirements for DoD Joint Interoperability. MIDS consists of two efforts, MIDS Low Volume Terminal (LVT) and MIDS Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS). MIDS-LVT is a multinational cooperative program governed by the MIDS Program Memorandum of Understanding (PMOU), signed by each cooperating nation including the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. MIDS JTRS builds upon existing MIDS-LVT technology and product base for its Link 16, voice, and TACAN functionality and brings in a software-driven multi-channel architecture to provide the capabilities to the warfighter. MIDS JTRS is an evolutionary acquisition program that enables future capabilities and technology insertion via an open systems architecture.
CAPT Croxson has over 3,000 hours of flight time in 30 different aircraft, of which over 2,200 are in the EA-6B. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, Navy Meritorious Service Medals (two awards), Air Medal Strike/Flight (five awards), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals one with combat “V” (three awards), Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals (two awards) and various other personal and unit awards. He is a life time member of The United States Naval Institute, Association of Old Crows, Tailhook Association, and a member of the TPS Alumni Association.
CAPT Croxson and his wife, Deborah, live in San Diego, California with their sons Robert and John.