Mark S. Jones
US Army Aviation Logistics School, Fort Eustis, Virginia
As the Deputy to the Commander, US Army Aviation Logistics School (USAALS), President of the AAAA Colonial Virginia Chapter and Army Aviation’s senior civilian aviation maintenance trainer, Mark S. Jones made outstanding and significant contributions to Army Aviation.
He spearheaded the USAALS accreditation resulting in the first ever Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) accreditation rating of “Training Institution of Excellence.” He designed a plan that brought all aviation maintenance training assets on Fort Eustis under the command and control of the Aviation Branch. No other event improved the focus of Aviation Warfighter training since the establishment of USAALS more than 21 years ago. He supervised the revamping of USAALS courses to fill mission gaps and restore rigor. Jones was instrumental in establishing a modified Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course that supported Army Force Generation by reducing the time that redeploying Soldiers are away from home station for resident training by as much as 50% depending on military occupational specialty.
He reinvigorated Chapter membership. Brought a pilot program before the National Executive Board to place an NCO Post-Career Employment Forum on the AAAA website, and established an AAAA enlisted recognition program at USAALS.
His outstanding achievements identify him as the 2009 AAAA Joseph P. Cribbins Department of the Army Civilian of the Year.