|Captain James (Jim) T. Jones
Captain Jim Jones is a native of Florida and a 1989 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon commissioning he was assigned to the commissioning crew of USS COWPENS (CG 63) where he served as Communications Officer and earned his designation as a Surface Warfare Officer. During this period COWPENS completed ship’s acceptance trials and ultimately served as Air Defense Commander for the KITTY HAWK Battle Group, participating in Tomahawk strike operations in December 1992 in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Upon completion of his tour on board COWPENS, Captain Jones attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, from 1994 to 1996. At NPS, he earned a Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering. He then joined the crew of USS PRINCETON (CG 59) in July 1997, serving as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer. During his tour, PRINCETON served as Air Defense Commander for the CARL VINSON Battle Group, participating in Tomahawk strike operations in support of Operation DESERT FOX. In August 2000, Captain Jones was assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office where he supported the fielding of joint multi-intelligence systems.
In May 2002, Captain Jones was assigned to USS COWPENS homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, as Executive Officer. During this period COWPENS conducted operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and executed Tomahawk strikes during the opening stages of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Captain Jones joined the staff of Commander, SEVENTH Fleet in October 2003 serving as Flag Secretary. From August 2005 to June 2007 Captain Jones was assigned to the Missile Defense Agency in Washington, D.C. where he served as the Agency’s liaison to United States Pacific Command and as the Deputy Director for Joint Operations and Integration in the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Program Office.
Captain Jones commanded USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, from November 2007 to June 2009. During this period MUSTIN served as Air Defense Commander for the ESSEX Strike Group for Exercises BALIKATAN and COBRA GOLD, and while conducting humanitarian assistance disaster relief operations off Burma in support of Operation CARING RESPONSE. MUSTIN also conducted operations throughout the SEVENTH Fleet Area of Responsibility to include high visibility port visits and humanitarian civil action projects in Cambodia and Vietnam.
In his most recent assignment from June 2009 to January 2011, Captain Jones served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Mission Support for the Navy Air and Missile Defense Command, focusing on joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense command and control and reach-back BMD mission planning.