Brig. Gen. Edward S. Jones is the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Maryland National Guard, Baltimore, Maryland. As Assistant Adjutant General for Air, he serves as the Governor and Adjutant General of Maryland's principal advisor on matters pertaining to the Maryland Air National Guard. General Jones also serves as the Commander of the Maryland Air National Guard, commanding an authorized strength of 1,564 officers and airmen with 21 A-10 aircraft. He is responsible to the Adjutant General for the overall management of the flying program and ensuring the units of the Maryland Air National Guard are organized, equipped, and trained to support federal and state missions.
General Edward S. Jones enlisted in the Maryland Air National Guard in 1984 as an A- 10 Crew Chief achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant while obtaining a Community College of the Air Force Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology. General Jones was commissioned at the Academy of Military Science in April of 1991. After graduating Undergraduate Pilot Training, he returned to the 104th Fighter Squadron and worked in many positions including: Scheduling, Training, and Standardization/Evaluation. General Jones has deployed three times to Aviano Air Base, Italy for Operation Deny Flight; twice to Al Jabar Air Base, Kuwait for Operation Southern Watch; three times to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom; and once to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He upgraded to Instructor Pilot in 1995 and continues in that role throughout his flying career. General Jones has been a Command Post Officer, Flight Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, and Operations Support Flight Commander. After a short tour at the Maryland Joint Operations Center during Hurricane Katrina, he returned to the Joint Operations Center in 2006 for 18 months on an NGB funded Operation Jump Start tour. In 2009 General Jones was selected as the 175th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander. In 2010 he served as the 455th Deputy Maintenance Group Commander at Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. The 455th Maintenance Group consisted of 72 aircraft and over 700 personnel. In the Fall of 2010, General Jones became the 175th Deputy Maintenance Group Commander and was selected as Maintenance Group Commander in July of 2012. In January 2018 hemoved to Joint Force Headquarters were he served as T32 Deputy Dual Status Commander for Vigilant Guard 18-4. (MD) In January 2018, he served as the Joint Force Headquarters Chief of Staff.
1990 Towson State University, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Towson, Md.
2001 Central Michigan University, Master of Science in Administration, Human Resources, Mount Pleasant, Mich.
2007 United States Air War College, by correspondence
2013 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, by correspondence
1. April 1991 - April 1993, Pilot Trainee, Maryland Air National Guard, Reese AFB, Lubbock Texas
2. April 1993 - December 1995, A-10 Pilot, Maryland Air National Guard, Warfield ANGB, Md.
3. December 1995 - June 1999, Instructor Pilot, A-10, Maryland Air National Guard, Warfield ANGB, Md.
4. June 1999 - February 2001, Command Post Officer, Maryland Air National Guard, Warfield ANGB, Md.
5. February 2001 - August 2005, Flight Commander, Maryland Air National Guard, Warfield ANGB, Md.
6. August 2005 - November 2008, Assistant Director of Operations, Maryland Air National Guard, Warfield ANGB, Md.
7. November 2008 - May 2009, Operations Support Flight Commander, Maryland Air National Guard, Warfield ANGB, Md.
8. May 2009 - November 2010, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander, Maryland Air National Guard, Warfield ANGB, Md.
9. November 2010 - July 2012, Deputy Maintenance Group Commander, Maryland Air National Guard, Warfield ANGB, Md.
10. July 2012 - January 2018, Maintenance Group Commander, Maryland Air National Guard, Warfield ANGB, Md.
11. January 2018 – August 2018, Special Assistant the Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Baltimore, Md.
12. September 2018 – July 2019, Chief of Staff, Baltimore, Md.
13. July 2019 to present, Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Baltimore, Md.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 3500
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, A-10
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with two silver oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal
Gallant Unit Citation
Meritorious Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with silver and bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with two silver oak leaf clusters
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
National Defense Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal with two bronze stars
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with seven "M" devices with silver hourglass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze star
Air Force Training Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
NATO Medal with bronze star
A-320 Captain, United Airlines, Newark, NJ
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
National Guard Association of Maryland
National Guard Association of United States
Air Line Pilots Association
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Military Officers Association of America
Marines' Memorial Association
1986 Maryland Air National Guard Outstanding Airman of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Apr 11, 1991
First Lieutenant May 19, 1993
Captain May 19, 1995
Major Feb 24, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel Sep 17, 2005
Colonel Jan 1, 2013
Brigadier General Aug 29, 2018