Captain Stanley C. Jones


CAPT Stan Jones joined the Navy and entered Aviation Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida in April 1991. A “distinguished naval graduate,” he received a regular commission and subsequent orders to basic flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. After completing basic flight training, he was assigned to jets and was transferred to Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas for intermediate and advanced pilot training, earning his wings in January 1994.

CAPT Jones received orders to fly F/A-18 Hornets, initially training with the Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX (VFA-106) Gladiators based at NAS Cecil Field, FL. After initial F/A-18 training, he was assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE THREE ONE (VFA-131). While aboard the Wildcats, he made two Mediterranean deployments, and participated in Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR and SOUTHERN WATCH, flying 28 combat missions over Iraq and Bosnia.

In December 1997 CAPT Jones was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Upon completion, he was assigned to the Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-23) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland as a Test Pilot. During this tour, he completed three live AIM-9X sidewinder envelope expansion missile firings and conducted flying qualities and loads test flights on the new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Subsequently, he was selected to return to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as a Systems and Fixed Wing Flight Instructor.

In July 2001 CAPT Jones was assigned to the Strike Fighter Squadron ONE FOUR SEVEN (VFA147) Argonauts at NAS Lemoore, CA. During this tour, he participated in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, completing 33 combat missions delivering various forms of guided and unguided munitions and logged over 150 flight hours over Afghanistan. In addition, CAPT Jones held the positions of Safety Officer, Training Department Head, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer and was the Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW-9) nominee for Attack Aviator of the Year for 2003.

In July 2004 CAPT Jones was assigned to USJFCOM, Joint Systems Integration Command, where he worked as the Deputy Director of the Capability Assessments directorate until June 2006. In addition, he completed the Air Command and Staff College through distance learning and attended the Joint and Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College.

In March 2006 CAPT Jones was selected for his first F/A-18 squadron command and assumed the position of Strike Fighter Squadron NINE FOUR (VFA-94) executive officer in March 2007 and commanding officer in May 2008. Following a successful command tour with VFA-94, CAPT Jones was selected for “bonus” command and assumed command of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE TWO FIVE (VFA-125)

in July 2009. Following VFA-125, CAPT Jones was assigned to work at the Pentagon for the Director of Air Warfare as the F/A-18 Requirements Officer where he managed a $4 billion annual budget.

Subsequently, he served as a Senior Fellow on the Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group in Washington, DC from August 2012 to August 2013 and from there he attended the National Defense University, Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

CAPT Jones has a master’s of science degree in national resource strategy from National Defense University, and master’s of science degree in aviation systems and bachelor’s of science degree in industrial engineering, both from the University of Tennessee. CAPT Jones has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours, 623 carrier arrested landings and has flown 30 different aircraft types. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals (three), Strike Flight Air Medals (three), Navy Commendation Medals (two), Navy Achievement Medal (two), and various campaign and unit awards.