He had served as the ship’s executive officer since February 2010.
“I can think of only one thing better than serving as your executive officer for these past 18 months, and that is serving as your commanding officer for the next 172 months,” Jones said in his remarks, earning a laugh from the crew. “We have challenges ahead, and I look forward to facing them with you.”
Over the past three years, the ship’s crew has supported humanitarian relief operations and engaged in Operations Unified Protector and Odyssey Dawn in Libya.
After graduating from Austin College, Jones attended Army Command and Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College. His awards include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal as well as other personal and campaign medals.