Rear Admiral Nathan Edwin Jones was born Oct. 28, 1948, in Springfield, Ill. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1970. He then enlisted in the Navy Reserve at age 21 as a seaman recruit. Following six years of reserve enlisted service as a cryptologic technician 2nd class, a two-year tour at Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, he was commissioned an ensign public affairs officer (PAO) in August 1976.
Rear Adm. Jones' tours include: Serving 100 days as acting chief of information in the summer of 2007, being recalled to active duty in February 2002 to work in the Public Affairs Office at the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, being assigned as the public affairs officer for the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in February 2003, which was headquartered in Baghdad, being activated in 1990 to serve as night chief of media and public affairs watch officer in General Norman Schwarzkopf's War Room during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Commissioning committee USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) 1989; PAO for BALTOPS 93 and 94; commanding officer Navy Office of Information Midwest Det. 113 Great Lakes 1996-1998, commanding officer of U.S. Strategic Command Det. 1362 1998-2001, commanding officer Navy Office of Information Southeast Atlanta Det. 108, 2001-2002, commanding officer, Navy Office of Information West Det 119, 2003-2004 and currently is the Navy deputy chief of information.
On the civilian side, he is co-owner and General Manager of Gold Nugget Publications, Inc.., four weekly Illinois newspapers, and supervises a staff of 35 employees. He is also co-owner of Five Star Printing, a web offset printing firm that prints 20 newspapers in central Illinois. He is a past president of Southern Illinois Press Association and the Illinois Press Association and currently serves as a Director on the Illinois Press Foundation.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, one Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and three Navy Achievement Medals.