Rear Adm. Scott Jones is a native of Sacramento, California. At 17 years old, Jones dropped out of high school, enlisted in the Navy in 1982 as an electronic warfare technician and served six years in the enlisted ranks. He is a 1987 graduate from National University. In 1988, he completed Aviation Officer Candidate School as a Distinguished Naval Graduate and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1989. Jones is a 2009 graduate of the National War College at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C., where he earned his Master of Science in National Security Strategy.
Jones’ aviation operational tours include flying the P-3C Orion with Patrol Squadron (VP) 44 and VP-8 Tigers based in Brunswick, Maine, and the Fighting Totems of VP-69 based in Whidbey Island, Washington. Jones has accumulated over 4,500 flight hours in numerous naval aircraft.
Jones’ command tours include VP-69; Commander Task Force 74; Theater Anti-submarine Warfare Det.; Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Reserve Component; Commander, 3rd Fleet Joint Forces Maritime Component.
Jones’ shore assignments include instructor pilot duty with Training Squadron (VT) 27 and CNATRA. He served as operations officer with Commander, 3rd Fleet Maritime Air Operations Det. in Tucson, Arizona. Additionally, Jones served on active duty as naval air training chief of staff. Prior to being selected to the rank of flag officer, he served at Navy Region Southwest Reserve Component Command San Diego as the deputy commander.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and various other personal and unit awards.