Cmdr. Bobby R. Jones
Cmdr. Bobby R. Jones, USN is a native of Fayetteville, Georgia and graduated from The Westminster Schools of Atlanta. After accepting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, he chose the designation of Surface Warfare Officer upon commissioning in May 2001.
CDR Jones’ first assignment was as a Deck Division Officer onboard USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), homeported in Sasebo, Japan. While onboard, he participated in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and worked alongside Marines in various locations across the Pacific region. He continued serving in this capacity after a hull swap with USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49). CDR Jones returned to the East Coast and reported aboard USS NORMANDY (CG 60) as her Fire Control Officer. While onboard NORMANDY, he participated in Operation NOBLE EAGLE and various other homeland security assignments.
He reported back to Annapolis as a recruiter for the United States Naval Academy’s Admissions Office. While stationed in Annapolis, CDR Jones was selected as an Individual Augmentee and assigned as a peacekeeper for the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). During his time in Africa, he worked alongside different foreign military and non-government organizations (NGOs) in efforts to bolster the security and living conditions of the populace. CDR Jones then served as the Weapons and Combat Systems Officers onboard USS STETHEM (DDG 63), homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. While assigned to STETHEM, he participated in numerous national tasking assignments that contributed to the stability of the Western Pacific region. From Japan, CDR Jones was assigned to the Missile Defense Agency in Colorado Springs, CO, as a Wargames and Experiments planner for the Agency.
CDR Jones assumed duties as the Executive Officer, USS ANZIO (CG 68) in September 2015. While onboard, ANZIO was assigned as Air and Missile Defense Commander for the HARRY S TRUMAN STRIKE GROUP’s extended deployment in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. While deployed, the strike group set records for successful engagements against enemy targets in the FIFTH Fleet Area of Responsibility, supporting the Global War on Terrorism. ANZIO also recovered 10 detained American Sailors near Farsi Island. For her efforts, ANZIO was awarded the Battle Efficiency Award for 2016. CDR Jones then served as the Executive Assistant to Commander, Military Sealift Command and most recently as the Executive Officer to Coastal Riverine Squadron FOUR (CRS-4).
CDR Jones is the recipient of various awards and citations to include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Commendation Medal. He also received his Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with an African Studies Concentration from the United States Naval War College.