Military Bios

Rear Admiral Gary R. Jones:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Naval Service Training Command/Navy Region Midwest
Designated a Naval Aviator in 1976, early operational assignments include deployments as a LAMPS pilot in HSL-32 and HSL-34 aboard Atlantic Fleet ships. Rear Adm. Jones also participated in the Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) with the British Royal Navy, assigned to 829 NAS in Portland, England. This tour included deployments as Wasp Helicopter Flight Commander onboard HMS Arethusa. Returning to HSL-34 as XO, he became the “Greencheckers” Commanding Officer in Nov 1992. Rear Adm. Jones next served as Air Boss aboard USS Saipan (LHA 2). Joining USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as XO for an Arabian Gulf deployment, he assumed command of Peleliu in April 1998 and completed a western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment.
Shore assignments include serving as a flight instructor in HSL-30, duty in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, and duty on the CNO Staff as Branch Head for Operations, Plans and Politico-Military Affairs in the Western Hemisphere. He also served as EA to the Deputy Commander-in-Chief/Chief-of-Staff, Atlantic Fleet. Prior to Flag selection, he was Director, Readiness/Warfare Requirements at COMNAVAIRLANT. His initial Flag assignment was Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea/Naval Component Commander, U.S. Forces Korea/United Nations Command and Deputy Naval Component Commander, Combined Forces Command in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Rear Adm. Jones next assumed command of Amphibious Force, Seventh Fleet/Amphibious Group One/Task Force 76 in Okinawa, Japan. He also served as Commander, Forward Deployed Naval Force Expeditionary Strike Group (FDNF ESG).
On 21 October 2004, Rear Adm. Jones assumed duties as Commander, Naval Service Training Command/Navy Region Midwest responsible for the execution of all enlisted and officer accession training programs with the single exception of the U.S. Naval Academy. As Commander Navy Region Midwest, he is in charge of base operating support activities in 10 Midwestern states.
Rear Adm. Jones, a native of North Caolina, has accumulated over 4000 flight hours.
Updated: 2 March 2005


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