Lieutenant Commander Ken Jones, a native of the Bronx, New York, enlisted in the Navy in May of 1991 and completed boot camp in Orlando, FL.
His first assignment was the USS Stump (DD 978), followed by USS Yorktown (CG 48), where he earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist device. Follow-on shore duty enlisted tours included NAS Sigonella, Italy and Misawa Cryptologic Operations Center Misawa, Japan where he served as a manual Morse code operator. He also earned his title and position as a NSA Adjunct Faculty member instructing afloat cryptology. LCDR Jones was also awarded the Samuel F. B. Morse Award for doubling 22 words a minute.
Initiated as a Cryptologic Technician Collection Chief (CTRC) in 2002, LCDR Jones served aboard USS LASALLE (AGF 3) for COMSIXTHFLT Staff Duty. During this tour, he was selected as a Limited Duty Officer, 6442, and was commissioned in February 2005.
As an LDO ensign, he shifted to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC), Hawaii and served as an executive assistant to the Commanding Officer and ADP systems division Officer. In 2006, he completed an IA to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2008, he reported to the Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group (formerly NIOC Suitland) to work in Naval Research and Development for afloat Cryptology as a major design contributor of the SSEE Inc F and Flying Squirrel system. He qualified as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer in December 2010.
In 2011, LCDR Jones joined the wardroom of USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) as the SSES/EW Division Officer. LCDR Jones deployed to the C5F area of responsibility and served as a tactical CWO in the Arabian Gulf for two eight-month deployments.
In 2013, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Masters degree in Cyber Systems and Operations; also completing JPME-1.
In 2014, LCDR Jones reported to a 04 Milestone position at NIOC Hawaii as the N2 Director for over 675 National assigned Sailors. In 2016, he was awarded IWC command qualification.
LCDR Jones is a recipient of the 2014 Copernicus Leadership Award. Additionally, he was honorably mentioned for both the 2013 and 2014 Captain Joseph Rochefort Cryptologic Warfare Officer Distinguished Leadership Award.
LCDR Jones currently serves as the Executive Officer of Navy Information Operations Command, San Diego.
LCDR Jones’ professional qualifications include: Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Information Dominance Corps Warfare pin. LCDR Jones personal awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (5), and various campaign and unit awards.