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Col. Carl Jones

Distinguished ROTC Alumnus
In these times when the threat of nuclear conflict often makes the headlines, Air Force Col. Carl Jones has his finger on the pulse of the U.S. Department of Defense nuclear programs.
  • Col. Carl Jones, class of 1992, serves in the U.S. Air Force.
    Col. Carl Jones, class of 1992, serves in the U.S. Air Force.

A 1992 ASU graduate, Jones is the nuclear operations program analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he is responsible for formulating the Nuclear Operations portion of the defense budget.

Over his 25-year career, he has also served as a space weapons and tactics officer in Japan, chief of Space and Ballistic Missile Defense Branch, 13th Air Force, in Hawaii, commander of the 4th Space Control Squadron in New Mexico, and vice commander of the 90th Missile Wing in Wyoming. He has also had multiple Middle East deployments, and his awards and medals are too numerous to list here. At each stop along the way, Jones has applied what he learned in ROTC.

ASU’s Detachment 847 taught me…to be an effective Air Force officer.

Carl Jones

“ASU’s Detachment 847 taught me five very important things that prepared me to be an effective Air Force officer: Discipline, Resiliency, Integrity, Service and Excellence,” Jones said. “As a result, I entered the Air Force with confidence, and I’ve carried that confidence to handle any challenge with me over the last 25 years. They are lessons that apply whether I was pulling nuclear alert or as I sit at a desk working on the Department of Defense’s nuclear programs budget.”

For his career achievements and outstanding representation of ASU, Jones has been named the Alumni Association’s 2017 Distinguished ROTC Alumnus.

 “Angelo State holds a very special place in my heart and means a great deal to me,” Jones said. “It’s where my career began, it’s where I met my wife and it’s where I made lifelong friends.  I’ve watched the university grow over the last few years, and it’s an incredible feeling to know that while doing all of the great things we’ve seen, my ASU family thinks enough of me and my military service to give me this honor.”