Commander Kelley T. Jones is a native of Virginia. She is a 2000 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. She was commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship program via the Corps of Cadets.
In November 2000, she reported onboard her first ship USS Seattle (AOE 3) and served as the Main Propulsion officer and the Electrical officer. During this tour she deployed to the Arabian Gulf, and participated in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Her second division officer tour was onboard USS Gettysburg (CG 64) as the Training officer. While assigned to Gettysburg she deployed to the Arabian Gulf and participated Summer Pulse with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) carrier strike group.
In August 2004, CDR Jones commenced her first shore tour in Washington DC and received her Masters in Business Administration from the George Washington University. She subsequently served on staffs at Department of State, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for operations, plans and strategy (N3/N5), and Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy. In April 2007, she reported onboard USS Mustin (DDG 89) as the Chief Engineer. During this forward deployed SEVENTH (7th) fleet tour she completed numerous US and allied exercises including ANNUALEX with Japanes Maritime Self Defense Force, VALIANT SHIELD, MALABAR with Indian Navy, and LIMA.
From October 2009 – Feburary 2011, CDR Jones commanded Patrol Coastal Crew MIKE. While deployed in USS Typhoon (PC 5) in the Arabian Gulf her crew completed numerous exercises including SAIF LEDGE, Operation STAKENET, and the Lebanese Ship-ride Partnership.
Her last shore tour included a tour at Navy Personnel Command (PERS 41) in Millington, TN, the personal aide to the Secretary of the Navy, and on the Joint Staff, Strategic Plans & Policy (J5 directorate) in the Joint Operational War Plans division. From July 2017 to March 2019, CDR Jones served as the Executive Officer of USS Donald Cook(DDG 75) forward deployed in Rota Spain.
CDR Jones assumed command of USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) on May 3, 2019. CDR Jones’ awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), the Navy Achievement Medal (2), Battle “E” (3), the National Defense Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and Sea Service Ribbon (3).