November MODEL RAM: Carl M. Jones
October 11, 2018
Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.
I recently retired from the Air Force after twenty-five and a half years of active duty service. I am married to a fellow ASU graduate (Nicki Dalbout) and we have two children. Our son Colin is a freshman at Christopher Newport University and our daughter is a freshman at West Springfield High School. In my spare time I work part time at Vint Hill Craft Winery in the tasting room and I’m in the process of making a barrel of Syrah. I also enjoy playing golf and participating in Crossfit at New Day CrossFit.
What is your current occupation?
I work as a Defense Consultant and am currently the Senior Director, DoD and Intelligence Programs at Lentech Inc. and I am serving as a Strategic Advisor to the Air Force for Multi-Domain Command and Control.
While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and what was your role?
My primary focus while at Angelo State was as a member of ROTC Detachment 847. I was a Flight Commander and Cadet Corps Vice Commander.
In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?
ASU, and my experience in Det 847, helped me achieve my goal of becoming a Nuclear Missile Launch Officer in the United States Air Force. That allowed me to accomplish and experience more than I imagined. I was able to serve as a Space Weapons and Tactics Officer, the Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force, and as the Nuclear Programs Analyst for the defense budget. I was taught discipline and attention to detail as well as had the Air Force’s core values of Integrity, Service, and Excellence instilled into my everyday life.
What skills did you take away from ASU?
ASU provided me with the skills and confidence to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life. While I was there I worked as an RA and volunteered giving tours and working freshman orientation. Those opportunities helped me engage with people in a variety of settings and it has continued to benefit me since I’ve left.
Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?
Dean Nolen Mears, Dr. Raymond Carver, and members of the Det 847 staff, then Capt. Denny Sivells, Sgt. Corde Elliott, all made my time at ASU memorable. Dean Mears was extremely supportive of the ROTC program, Dr. Carver allowed me to continue to express my creative side on stage and was always a positive role model for me, and the Det 847 staff prepared me, and my classmates to serve in the greatest Air Force on the planet.
What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?
Like most of my ROTC friends, I have very fond memories of building the Homecoming Bonfire and “guarding” it in the evenings before we lit it. Those nights spent talking to one another led to some of the most rewarding personal and professional relationships I have.
Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?
To a casual observer, ASU might seem like any other university in America, but it is something so much more. It is a place where you can be yourself and grow into who you want to be. ASU holds, and will always hold, a very special place in my heart. It’s responsible for my 25-year military career, my 25-year marriage and the family I have, and it’s responsible for helping me grow into the person I am today. I could have gone to school at a number of different places, but I am so thankful that I chose ASU.