Rear Adm. (Retired) Nathan E. 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 Naval Reserve at age 21 as a Seaman Recruit. Following six years of reserve enlisted service as a Cryptologic Technician Second Class Petty Officer including a two-year tour at Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, he was commissioned an Ensign Public Affairs Officer 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 as Navy Deputy Chief of Information until retiring in 2008.
His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, one Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and three Navy Achievement Medals.