Colonel Barbara A. Jones was the commander of the 43d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Pope Field, North Carolina where she led 164 personnel in the AF's first and only active association aeromedical evacuation (AE) squadron with an AF Reserve wing. At a moment's notice, her unit mobilized and deployed specially trained and fully equipped, fit and ready medical and communications forces capable of establishing and operating critical components of the DoD's Theater AE System in response to and support of any homeland or overseas contingency or steady-state operation.

Colonel Jones was born and raised in the north side of Chicago, Illinois. She earned a direct commission after graduating from Aurora University School of Nursing, Aurora, IL, in 1988. Prior to the assignment above, she was the commander of the 18th Medical Operations Squadron and Chief Nurse of the 18th Medical Group, Kadena AB, Japan. Colonel Jones has held various leadership positions throughout her 23 year career.

Colonel Jones has been married to Jamie Jones of Albuquerque, New Mexico, since December 1992. They have two children, Benjamin (14) and Amelia (11).

1987 Diploma in Nursing, Lutheran General Hospital School of Nursing, Park Ridge, IL
1988 Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing, Aurora University, Aurora, IL
1995 Squadron Officers School, correspondence
1995 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB AL
1995 Masters of Business Administration, Webster University, MO
1998 Masters of Arts degree in Wellness Management, Ball State University, IN
2001 Air Command and Staff College, correspondence
2004 Air War College, correspondence
2006 Air War College, Maxwell AFB AL
2006 Masters in Strategic Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB AL
2009 Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, Washington DC

2005 Certification, Nursing Administration Advanced, American Nurses Credentialing Center

1. Jun 88 - Sep 89 Staff Nurse, Orthopedic/Neurosurgery Unit, KMC, Keesler AFB MS
2. Sep 89 - Jan 90 Staff Nurse, General Surgery Unit, KMC, Keesler AFB MS
3. Jan 91 - Aug 92 Clinical Nurse, Intensive Care Unit/Special Care Unit, KMC, Keesler AFB MS
4. Aug 92 - Oct 92 Flight Nurse, 57th AES, Scott AFB IL
5. Oct 92 - Oct 93 Flight Clinical Coordinator, Patient Control Center/GPMRC, Scott AFB IL
6. Nov 92 - Nov 95 Flight Nurse Instructor, Flight Nurse Examiner, 357th AES, Scott AFB IL
7. Nov 95 - Aug 96 Chief, Medical Aircrew Stan/Eval, 375th Operations Group, Scott AFB IL
8. Aug 96 - Jun 98 AFIT Student, MA in Wellness Mgmt, Ball State University, IN
9. Jul 98 - Jul 00 Health Promotion Element Chief, 36 MDG, Andersen AFB, Guam
10. Jul 00 - Nov 01 Health Promotion Flight Commander, 3 MDG, Elmendorf AFB AK
11. Dec 01 - Feb 03 Element Chief/Nurse Manager, Ambulatory Procedure Unit, 3 MDG,
Elmendorf AFB AK
12. Dec 01 - Jun 03 Element Chief/Nurse Manager, Multi-Service Unit, 3 MDG, Elmendorf
13. Jun 03 - Aug 04 Executive Officer to the Assistant Surgeon General, Medical Force
Development & Assistant Surgeon General, Nursing Services, Office of
the Surgeon General, Bolling AFB DC
14. Aug 04 - Jul 05 Family Practice Deputy Flight Commander, 89 MDG, Andrews AFB MD
15. Jul 05 - May 06 Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB AL
16. Jun 06 - Oct 07 Commander, 18th Medical Operations Squadron, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
17. Oct 07 - Jun 08 Chief Nurse, 18th Medical Group & Commander, 18th Medical Operations
Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
18. Jul 08 - Jul 11 Commander, 43d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Pope Field, NC
19. Jan 10 - May 10 Commander, 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Al Udeid,

Rating: Chief Flight Nurse
Flight Hours: 1,750
Combat Hours: 57.6
Combat Sorties: 30
Aircraft Flown: C-9A, C-130H/J, C-17A, KC-135R

Meritorious Service Medal two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
2001 PACAF Large Health Promotion Program of the Year
2008 Mobility Air Force Outstanding AE Squadron of the Year
2009 Mobility Air Force AE Excellence in Leadership Award
2010 43d Airlift Wing Squadron of the Year
2010 Mobility Air Force Outstanding AE Squadron of the Year

Second Lieutenant 6 Jun 1988
First Lieutenant 18 Jan 1990
Captain 24 Feb 1992
Major 1 Mar 2001
Lieutenant Colonel 1 Aug 2004
Colonel 1 Jan 2009

(As of 20 May 2011)