Lt. Col. Adrian Jones is a native of Mississippi. He was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant in 1998 from the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Lt. Col. Jones has served in a variety of positions throughout his 28-year career as an NCO and Officer in both the Army National Guard and on Active Duty. His leadership assignments include: Special Forces Detachment Commander, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group; Special Forces Detachment Commander, 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group; Special Forces Company Commander, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group; Operations Officer and Troop Commander, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - DELTA; Current Operations Officer, Joint Special Operations Command; Current Operations Director, Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan; and Current Operations Director, Special Operations Command Europe. Additionally, Lt. Col. Jones has served on the Army Staff as the Counterterrorism portfolio lead and served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflicts (ASD SO/LIC).
Lt. Col. Jones’ deployments include peacekeeping operations during Operation Joint Endeavor in 1995 and multiple combat deployments since 9/11 to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operations Freedom Sentinel (OFS). Additionally, Lt. Col. Jones has significant deployment time throughout the EUCOM and INDOPACOM Areas of Responsibility.
Lt. Col. Jones is a graduate of the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, Infantry Officers Advanced, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Special Forces Qualification Course, and Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Psychology from the Charter Oak State College and a Master’s Degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps University.
Lt. Col. Jones’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster(OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal (1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (1OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (1OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal ( 2 Bronze Service Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Bronze Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Armed Forces Reserve Medal (“M” device), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon ( Numeral 2 Device) , Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Thailand Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency (Gold), Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Diver Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Special Forces Tab. In 2007, Lt. Col. Jones was awarded the Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award recognizing him as a top Company Grade Officer in the Army.