Colonel David E. Jones graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in History and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1992.
After graduating from The Basic School and the Logistics Officers Course in 1993, Colonel Jones was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, where he served as the Maintenance Management Officer and Headquarters Company Commander. In 1995, Lt Jones was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to participate in OPERATION SEA SIGNAL as the Deputy Joint Forces Logistics Officer (J-4A). Upon his return to Camp Lejeune, he was assigned as the Logistics Officer for the Squadron and was promoted to the rank of Captain.
In 1996, Colonel Jones was reassigned as the Operations Officer (S-3), Headquarters and Services Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, NC. In 1997, he was reassigned as Company Commander, Landing Support Equipment Company, 2d Landing Support Battalion during which time he participated in OPERATION BALTIC CHALLENGE. Additionally, he earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Campbell University.
In 1999, Colonel Jones attended the Army Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course in Fort Lee, VA, where he graduated with honors. After completion of the course, Colonel Jones was selected as an Olmsted Scholar and attended language training at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied International Relations until 2002. While in Argentina, he was selected for promotion to Major.
In September 2002, Colonel Jones reported for duty to Special Operations Training Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune. He served simultaneously as Officer-in-Charge of the Support Branch and Officer-in-Charge of the Riverine Training Team. In January 2005, he was reassigned to 2d Marine Logistics Group as the Group Logistics Officer (G-4), and deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Upon his return to Camp Lejeune in 2006, he was selected and transferred to the White House to serve as the Military Aide to the Vice President of the United States. In January 2008, Colonel Jones was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, detached from the White House in June and reported to Yuma, AZ for duty as Commanding Officer, Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 371. While at MWSS-371, the unit deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM as the lead element for 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Under his leadership, the unit was selected as the 2010 winner of the James E. Hatch Award for Marine Wing Support Squadron of the Year, as well as other unit awards.
Colonel Jones relinquished command of MWSS-371 in June 2010 and reported for duty as a student at the National War College, Washington, DC. He graduated in 2011 with a Masters Degree in National Security Strategic Studies. He reported to Marine Forces Europe in June 2011 and served as the G-5 Plans Officer as well as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-4 for two years prior. Upon promotion to Colonel and command selection, he reported to Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Camp Johnson in July 2014. Under this command, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools won the DoD Sexual Assault Innovation Award for the Marine Corps for 2014 and 2015. Additionally, the command won the W.P.T. Ney Hill Award for Best Full Food Service Contracted Garrison Mess Hall. Colonel Jones relinquished command in July 2016 and reported to Marine Corps Installations Pacific for duty as the Deputy Commander.
Colonel Jones’ personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star with gold star in lieu of second award, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars in lieu of fourth award.