|COLONEL GREGORY C. JONES|
Col. Gregory Jones is the director of the F-35 Academic Training Center at Eglin AFB, Fla. He is an Air Force Reserve Command Air Reserve Technician providing the senior air reserve component presence within the 33rd Fighter Wing. Colonel Jones is responsible for all aspects of pilot and maintainer ground training associated with the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter overseeing a 260,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility with the capacity for training in excess of 2,100 U.S. and international pilot and maintenance students annually.
Colonel Jones entered the Air Force in 1988 as a Distinguished Graduate of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at San Jose State University, Calif. He completed flight training at Sheppard AFB, Texas, in 1990 and has subsequently completed numerous tours in F-16 operational units. As director of operations at the Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Test Center, Colonel Jones oversaw reserve component fighter, bomber, rescue and Joint Terminal Attack Controller test and acquisition initiatives.
Colonel Jones, a distinguished graduate and former instructor at the U.S. Air Force F-16 Weapons School, is a command pilot with over 3,700 hours in the F-16 and 480 combat hours gained in combat operations in Europe and Southwest Asia. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and seven Air Medals.
1988 Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Operations, San Jose State University, Calif.
1990 Undergraduate Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
1996 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1997 USAF Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2002 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
2008 Air War College (Correspondence)
2009 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle University
1. January 1989 - February 1990, student, undergraduate pilot training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2. May 1990 - February 1991, pilot, F-16 Replacement Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
3. March 1991 - May 1992, F-16 pilot, 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
4. May 1992 - June 1994, F-16 flight lead and plans officer, 526th Fighter Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
5. June 1994 - January 1997, F-16 instructor and assistant weapons officer, 555th Fighter Squadron , Aviano AB, Italy
6. January 1997 - June 1997, student, U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
7. June1997 - June 2000, F-16 chief of weapons and assistant director of operations, 78th Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
8. June 2000 - November 2002, instructor pilot and assistant director of operations, U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
9. November 2002 - September 2003, weapons officer, 301st Operations Support Squadron, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth,Texas
10. October 2003 - November 2003, 10th Air Force chief of weapons, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas
11. November 2004 - April 2006, F-16 chief of weapons , 457th Fighter Squadron, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth,Texas
12. April 2006 - April 2010, director of operations , Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Test Center, Tucson Ariz
13. April 2010 - Present, deputy director, F-35 Academic Training Center, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,700 hours
Combat hours: 480
Aircraft flown: F-16
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Iraq Campaign Medal with an oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Air Defense Expeditionary Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with an oak leaf cluster
Small Arms Expert (Pistol)
Kosovo Campaign Medal with an oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal with an oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Service Medal with an oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal
NATO Service Medal with an oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant August 26, 1988
First Lieutenant August 26, 1990
Captain August 26, 1992
Major July 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel September 30, 2004
Colonel October 1, 2009
(Current as of June 2011)