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Sgt. Maj. Michele Jones

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Noncommissioned Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Crab (Blue)
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Dominican Republic
Favorite Quote:
People Say God is good. I say chicken is good. God is amazing.

Birthplace

Born:
11/24/1963
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Noncommissioned Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Crab (Blue)
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Dominican Republic
Favorite Quote:
People Say God is good. I say chicken is good. God is amazing.

Birthplace

Born:
11/24/1963
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Army Noncommissioned Officer Michele S. Jones was born on November 24, 1963 in Baltimore, Maryland. She spent her childhood in the the Baltimore area, and graduated from Milford Mill High School. Upon graduation, Jones enrolled at Howard University but then transferred to Fayetteville State University, where she received her B.S. degree in business administration in 1994.

Jones enlisted in the United States Army in September 1982, and later became the first female selected class president of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. Throughout her military career, Jones has served in many positions of leadership, including squad leader, section leader, platoon sergeant and first sergeant. Additionally, she was involved in every major contingency operation involving U.S. Armed Forces: Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Restore Hope, Provide Comfort, Joint Endeavor, Nobel Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2002, Jones became the first female appointed as the 9th Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2007, she retired after twenty-five years of service in both the active and reserve component.

Upon retirement, Jones continued to serve the youth and elderly as a motivational speaker for the civilian community. Through the Army’s Planning For life Program, Jones has given lectures and speeches to over forty-five thousand middle and high school students in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, she was appointed under the administration of President Barack Obama as special assistant to the Secretary of Defense White House Liaison. Jones has also held positions as the special assistant and senior advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense, the principal deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense, and as the director of External Veterans/Military Affairs and Community Outreach.

Jones is the recipient of several military awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Parachutist Badge, the German Army Forces Airborne Wings and the Royal Thai Airborne Wings. In 2005, she received the Meritorious Service Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 2009, she received the Spirit of Democracy Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation as well as the Freedom’s Sister Award from the Ford Foundation. The National Congress of Black Women honored Jones in 2011 with the Shirley Chisholm Trailblazer Award.

Michele S. Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 14, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Michele Jones' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Michele Jones lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Michele Jones describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Michele Jones describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Michele Jones describes her mother's education and career in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Michele Jones describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Michele Jones describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Michele Jones talks about her father in high school in Baltimore, Maryland and his drama club
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Michele Jones describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Michele Jones describes her close-knit family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Michele Jones describes how her parents met and married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Michele Jones describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Michele Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Michele Jones talks about her exposure to religion as a child and her freedom to choose her faith
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Michele Jones describes her experience in elementary school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Michele Jones describes her experience in elementary school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Michele Jones describes her extracurricular activities as a child and her family's interest in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Michele Jones talks about her father serving for six years in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Michele Jones describes her experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Michele Jones talks about playing softball and cheerleading in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Michele Jones talks about her teachers in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Michele Jones talks about going to the prom as a freshman in high school, and almost not attending her senior prom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Michele Jones talks about her grades in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Michele Jones talks about her decision to join the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Michele Jones talks about her parents' reaction to her decision to join the U.S. Army and their support of her decision
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Michele Jones talks about her experience at basic training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Michele Jones talks about her experience at advanced training in the U.S. Army, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Michele Jones talks about her experience at advanced training in the U.S. Army, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Michele Jones talks about her first assignment to Fort Carson, Colorado
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Michele Jones describes her auditions to become a cheerleader for the Baltimore Colts and talks about their relocation to Indianapolis, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Michele Jones describes her auditions to become a cheerleader for the Baltimore Colts and talks about their relocation to Indianapolis, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Michele Jones describes her first assignment in Fort Carson, Colorado, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Michele Jones describes her first assignment in Fort Carson, Colorado, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Michele Jones describes her experience when stationed in Hanau, Germany in 1984
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Michele Jones describes her experience in Honduras and Panama and her decision to go to Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Michele Jones talks about attending Fayetteville State University while stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Michele Jones talks about being mobilized during the Gulf War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Michele Jones talks about studying business administration at Fayetteville State University's Fort Bragg campus and her instructors there
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Michele Jones explains the role of a sergeant major and command sergeant major in the U.S. Army, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Michele Jones explains the role of a sergeant major and command sergeant major in the U.S. Army, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Michele Jones talks about the training received at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Michele Jones describes her experience at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Michele Jones talks about her class' involvement in the community while at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Michele Jones talks about her assignments as an instructor at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy and with the 78th Infantry Division
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Michele Jones recalls the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the death of her friend, Davin Green, in the Beirut barracks bombing of 1983
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Michele Jones talks about her retirement being postponed after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, and being selected as command sergeant major
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Michele Jones describes her role as the command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Reserve
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Michele Jones describes being the first female command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Reserve and her African Americans predecessors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Michele Jones talks about educating the media about the U.S. Army Reserve
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Michele Jones talks about the challenges faced by the U.S. Army Reserve in the global war on terror
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Michele Jones discusses her role during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and talks about Lt. General Russel Honore's coordination of military relief efforts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Michele Jones talks about retiring from the U.S. Army in 2007 and founding The Bones Theory Group, LLC
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Michele Jones talks about The Bones Theory Group's focus on tutoring businesses on recruiting and retaining veterans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Michele Jones talks about being invited to speak at the 2008 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Michele Jones talks about speaking at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Michele Jones describes her service as special assistant to the Secretary of Defense and White House liaison
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Michele Jones describes her service as the special assistant and senior advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Michele Jones shares her views on the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't tell" policy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Michele Jones discusses her appointment as the director of External Veterans/Military Affairs and Community Outreach
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Michele Jones discusses restarting her consulting practice
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Michele Jones describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Michele Jones reflects upon her career choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Michele Jones reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Michele Jones talks about her daughters
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Michele Jones talks about receiving her parents' unconditional love and support
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Michele Jones talks about her friend, Janet Miller
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Michele Jones talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Michele Jones describes her photographs