President Announces Nomination for Next U.S. Marine Corps Commandant
By Marine Corps News
Special to American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Apr. 22, 1999 Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced Apr. 21 that President Clinton has nominated Lieutenant General James L. Jones for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. The nomination must be approved by the United States Senate. A change of command ceremony is scheduled for June 30.
General Jones, currently serving as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, was born Dec. 19, 1943, in Kansas City, Mo. He spent his formative years in France before returning to the United States to attend Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in January 1967. Upon completion of The Basic School, Quantico, Va., he was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam, where he served as a platoon and company commander with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. While overseas, he was promoted to first lieutenant in June 1968.
Returning to the United States in December 1968, General Jones was assigned to Camp Pendleton, Calif.,where he served as a company commander until May 1970. He then received orders to Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., where he served as a company commander until July 1973. During this assignment, he was promoted to captain in December 1970.
From July 1973 until June 1974, he was a student at the Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, Va. In November 1974, he received orders to the 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa, where he commanded Company H, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment until December 1975.
From January 1976 to August 1979, General Jones served in the Officer Assignments Section at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. During this assignment, he was promoted to major in July 1977. Remaining in Washington, his next assignment was as the Marine Corps Liaison Officer to the United States Senate, where he served until July 1984. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in September 1982.
The general was then selected to attend the National War College in Washington, D.C. Following graduation in June 1985, he assumed command of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif., until July 1987.
In August 1987, General Jones returned to Headquarters Marine Corps, where he served as Senior Aide to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. He was promoted to colonel in April 1988 and became the Military Secretary to the Commandant in February 1989. During August 1990, General Jones was assigned as the commanding officer, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, N.C. During his tour with the 24th MEU, he participated in Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq and Turkey. He was advanced to brigadier general April 23, 1992. General Jones was assigned to duties as Deputy Director, J-3, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, on July 15, 1992. During this tour of duty, he was reassigned as Chief of Staff, Joint Task Force Provide Promise, for operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia.
Returning to the United States, he was advanced to the rank of major general in July 1994 and assigned as Commanding General, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Forces Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C. General Jones next served as Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (N85), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations during 1996 then as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
General Jones began his current assignment in January 1997.