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Gen David Charles Jones
Birth: Jul. 9, 1921
Aberdeen
Brown County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 2013
Sterling
Loudoun County
Virginia, USA

US Air Force General. He is remembered for serving in the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. He was raised in Minot, North Dakota where he graduated from Minot High School. After attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota and Minot State Teacher's College, he obtained his private pilot's license from the Civilian Pilot Training Program. In April 1942, after the US had declared war on Japan for their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, he dropped out of college to join the US Army Air Corps. He graduated from Roswell Army Airfield flight school in New Mexico in February 1943 and received his pilot wings, and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He then served as a flying instructor at various locations before being assigned to the 3rd Emergency Rescue Squadron of the Fifth Air Force in Japan in 1945. He began as a unit pilot, flying Catalina flying boats, eventually becoming the squadron commander. In 1948 he returned to the US and was assigned to the 2236th Air Force Reserve Training Center at Goodman Field, Kentucky, where he performed duties as an instructor and assistant operations and training officer. In January 1950 he was assigned to March Air Force Base, California (now March Air Reserve Base) where he became an aircraft commander, the operations officer and commander of the 19th Bombardment Squadron. During the Korean War, he flew more than 300 hours on combat missions over North Korea, when the 19th was one of the first bombardment units committed to the Korean War. In May 1953 he transitioned from bombers to tankers, taking command of the 22nd Air Refueling Squadron at March. In June 1953 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and remained at March but returned to bombers the following year as commander of the 33rd Bombardment Squadron. In September 1954 he was transferred to Headquarters Strategic Air Command (SAC) at Offutt AFB, Nebraska as an operations planner in the bomber mission branch and remained there until January 1955, when Air Force General Curtis LeMay selected him as his aide. In April 1957 he was promoted to colonel and became director of materiel and later deputy commander for maintenance of 93rd Bombardment Wing at Castle AFB, California. In 1960 graduated from the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington DC, and was assigned to the operations directorate of Headquarters Air Force in Washington DC for the next four years, where he worked on the B-70 bomber project. He then served as deputy chief and chief of the Strategic Division. In 1965, after receiving F-100 and F-4 aircraft training, he assumed command of the newly activated 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, bringing it to operational status. In November 1967 he was promoted to the rank of major general and was assigned to Headquarters US Air Forces Europe (USAFE), Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and in February 1969 he was assigned to Headquarters Seventh Air Force, Tan Son Nhut Airfield, Vietnam, as deputy chief of staff for operations and became its vice commander in June of that year. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and returned to the US in August 1969 and became the commander of the Second Air Force at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. In April 1971 he returned to USAFE as its vice commander in chief. He assumed command of USAFE and the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force in August of that year and was promoted to the rank of general in September. In his North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) capacity as commander of the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force, he directed an international planning team that integrated central region air forces into a more cohesive organization through his creation of a small operational and planning headquarters, Allied Air Force, Central Europe. In July 1974 he returned to the US where he was chosen to become the Chief of Staff of the Air Force at Headquarters Air Force and four years later he was selected to become the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). In June 1979 he accompanied President Jimmy Carter to Vienna, Austria for the final stage of the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty II negotiations with the Soviet Union. When the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan raised fears that Soviet forces there might move into neighboring Iran, where an anti-Western militant Islamic regime had taken power in early 1979, Carter created a rapid deployment force for Southwest Asia to counter any such attempt in the region. At the direction of the secretary of defense, Jones oversaw planning for the transformation of the Rapid Defense Force into a regional unified command, which ultimately became the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida in 1983. In November 1979 he oversaw the planning for the rescue of the U.S. embassy personnel taken hostage by followers of the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, and he survived the criticism for that attempted rescue mission's failure. During his second term as Chairman JCS, under President Ronald Reagan, he worked to make the chairman, rather than the corporate JCS, the principal military adviser to the president and the secretary of defense, arguing that such a change of the National Security Act would improve the quality and timeliness of military advice and the combined readiness and effectiveness of the nation's combat forces. He continued his efforts toward that goal after his retirement and saw it come to fruition with the passage of the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act in 1986. He retired from the US Air Force in 1982 with 39 years of continuous active military service Among his military decorations and awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, the Bronze Star, and the Federal Republic of Germany Order of Merit. In May 1978 he was awarded the Order of the Sword, the Air Force enlisted force's highest honor for officer leadership. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1974, an honorary doctorate of laws degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1975, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from Minot State College in 1979. He was the final Chairman JCS to be decorated for service in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War. He died of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 92.
 (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Note: Interred October 25, 2013
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 30, Site 532-RH
 
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Record added: Aug 13, 2013
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Sir, Thank You sir for your service, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: May. 14, 2014

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