Theron Jones, Military: Active / Retired
During his 23 years in the Air Force Colonel Jones dedicated himself to being the best at any job assigned. After graduation and commissioning from Tuskegee Institute (Tuskegee University) in June of 1969 entered active duty at Kessler AFB Biloxi Mississippi. In April of 1970 reassigned to Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls Montana as a Minuteman ICBM Crew member from 1970 – 1973, upgrading from Deputy to Combat Crew Commander in minimum time, in just 3 years selected to move from the missile combat crew force to the staff as the Wing Social Actions Officer in charge of Race Relations Education, Equal Opportunity and Treatment, and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Programs... While in that job his division was recognized as one of the Best Social Actions Division in the Strategic Air Command, in 1975 selected to attend Squadron Officer’s School – Maxwell AFB Montgomery Alabama and to be trained as a Navigator - Mather AFB Sacramento California. His Mother and Wife pinned on his Navigator Wings in July of 1976; from there he was assigned to B52 Bomber Combat Crew Training Carswell AFB, Texas from October 1976 – March 1977, after successful completion he and his family were assigned to Andersen AFB, Guam where he again upgraded from basic B52 Navigator to Instructor Navigator, and then to Radar Navigator in minimum time, in 1980 selected to be promoted to Major and to a staff position within the combat operations plans division – he was responsible for training and testing air crews on their assigned combat missions, in 1982 he took over the division and was responsible to supervise the wing efforts in executing its war time missions. In October of 1984 was reassigned to 15AF Combat Operations staff March AFB Riverside California as the Contingency Plans Branch Chief and Executive Manager of the Combat Operation Steering Group, Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and became the Deputy Director 15AF Operations and Plans Directorate, served as the 15AF Battle Staff Crisis Actions Manager during the 1st Gulf War (DESERT SHIELD/STORM/CALM), Reassigned to B1-B Bomber unit at McConnell AFB, Wichita Kansas in 1991 as the Deputy Wing Inspector and Contingency Plans Branch Chief. He retired from McConnell in September of 1992.
In July of 1993 was hired as The Senior Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor at Rancho Verde High School where he continued to promote excellence. He commanded the largest AFJROTC Detachment in California, in 1997 selected as Secondary Teacher of the Year - Rancho Verde High School and District Teacher of the Year - Val Verde Unified School District; Hired as educational administrator- Assistant Principal Rancho Verde High School 2004-2007, Assistant Principal Tomas Rivera Middle School 2007-2009 Val Verde Unified School District. He was selected as Secondary Support Administrator of the Year for ASCA District 12 in 2009. He and his wife retired from the Val Verde School District in July of 2009.
Colonel Jones and his wife, Margaret have been married for 49 years and nurtured two daughters Karmen and Kheron and they have blessed them with three grandchildren – Khloe, Karter, & Kristopher.