Major General Jones was born in West Point, Mississippi, and in 1974 graduated from Provine High School, Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Jackson State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Major General Jones was commissioned through the Army ROTC program at Jackson State University. He also holds a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College and a Master of Arts Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. His military education includes the Adjutant General Basic Officer Course, the Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course, the Airborne School, the Military Personnel Officer Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army Senior Service College.
Early in his career, Major General Jones was a Receiving Officer; Chief, Personnel Actions Branch and Commander, Reception Station at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. From November 1980 to February 1982, he served in Germany as the Equal Opportunity Officer, U.S. Army Military Community Activity, and as Chief, Administrative Support Division, 200th Theater Logistics Material Management Center, Zweibrucken, Germany. In June 1984, Major General Jones assumed duties as Instructor and Doctrinal Author, U.S. Army Soldier Support Center, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. From July 1987 to June 1991, while in Korea, he served as Chief, Force Structure, 8th Personnel Command; Commander, 199th Personnel Services Company, Camp Coiner; and Deputy G-1, 2d Infantry Division, Camp Casey. He returned to the United States in July 1992, and served as Chief, Analysis Section and then as Personnel Management Officer, U.S. Total Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, Virginia. Major General Jones joined the Office of the Army Chief of Staff as an Assistant to the Director Army Staff in July 1994 where he served until assuming command of the Military Entrance Processing Station, Baltimore, Maryland. In July 2000, he became Deputy Commander, 8th Personnel Command, Camp Coiner, Korea. Upon his return to the United States in August 2001, he became Director, Army Development System, Force XXI, at the U.S. Total Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, Virginia. In July 2002, he assumed command of the U.S. Army Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. He returned to the Washington, DC, area in August of 2004, where he assumed duties as the Deputy Director, Military Personnel Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1. Major General Jones assumed duties as the Executive Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, in July 2005 to June 2006. Prior to his current assignment in June 2011 as the Deputy Commanding General, Operations, Installation Management Command, Major General Jones served as Commanding General, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command; the Adjutant General of the U.S. Army; Commanding General, U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency and Executive Director, Military Postal Service Agency, Alexandria, Virginia.
His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with star device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon with the numeral three, Korean Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.