Maj. Robert M. Jones Jr. was born in Greensboro, N.C., in1976. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in May 1999. Following his completion of Marine Corps Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., he reported to the Infantry Training Battalion where he attended the School of Infantry West at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Recognized for his exemplary performance upon completion of the SOI program of instruction, Pfc. Jones was meritoriously promoted to lance corporal and assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton. He served as a rifle platoon squad leader and 60mm mortar section leader, earning consecutive meritorious promotions until he reached the rank of sergeant. During his tour with 2/4 he deployed to Okinawa, Japan, twice in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
In December of 2002, Sgt. Jones was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Meritorious Commissioning Program (MCP). Following his completion of The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, he was assigned the military occupational specialty of 0302, infantry officer.
In November 2003, 2nd Lt. Jones reported to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton. From November 2003 to July 2006 he deployed twice, once to Ramadi, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II (OIF) and once to Southeast Asia on the 31st MEU. During the course of his tour with Fox Company 2/5, he served as a rifle platoon commander and boat company executive officer.
From July 2006 to December 2007, 1st lt. Jones attended the Arizona State University through the College Degree Program (CDP), earning a promotion to captain while enrolled as a full-time student. In December of 2007, Capt. Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and in January 2008, Capt. Jones reported to SOI-W. He served as team officer in charge (OIC) and executive officer for the Mobile Training Company, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion and in December 2009, Capt. Jones was selected to attend the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Captain Career Course (MCCC) in Fort Benning, Ga. Graduating early and on the Commandant’s List in May 2010, Capt. Jones received orders to report to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.
From May 2010 to December 2012, Capt. Jones served as a company commander for the Headquarters and Service Company as well as Company A. He completed two deployments abroad, one in support of the 31st MEU and one to Sangin, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 12.1 and 12.2. Capt. Jones was selected for promotion to the rank of major in the winter of 2011.
In January 2013, Maj. Jones was assigned to Marine Corps Recruiting Station New York as the Commanding Officer. Maj. Jones’ personal awards include Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star and Combat Distinguishing Device, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon with gold star.