Only just found out of his passing...was part of his USAFE Elite Guard, 1973-5. On a TDY to Athens to promote AWACS, the General flew his own plane and was welcomed by his elite guard. He approached me and asked how we were being treated? Always concerned about others. RIP General
As one of several pilots from the 1st Helicopter Squadron at Andrews AFB during the time General Jones was Chief of Staff of the Air force, it was a great privilege and honor to have flown him on several occasions. Recollections of the flights will always be fond memories of having served a great man.
My prayers are with his family.
I met General Jones as a E-1 private in 1975. I had recently entered Medic School at Ft. Sam Houston TX. We had a 3 day break so this home sick W.V. boy got leave and signed up for a military hop home. That hop was on General Jones flight! He was on his way to Germany by way Dover AFB where he would depart on a connecting flight while I would continue on to Andrews AFB where my Dad would be waiting to pick me up for our 90 minute drive home. The plane took off and climbed steeply. I was doing my best trying to sit at attention in the back of the plane, my eardrums trying to burst due to sinusitis and the quick ascent. The General saw me grimacing and yelled, "Hold on there soldier," while he quickly opened up his brief case from which he handed me a piece of Bazooka bubble gum! Here I was, the lowest rank in the military being helped by the highest ranking officer in the Air Force and soon to be Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff! That was nearly 38 years ago and I have never forgotten his kindness. Please accept my tearful condolences for such a larger than life, kind, and compassionate man.
I had the privilege of serving General Jones as his back-up driver in 1977 and 1978 while CSAF. He was a brilliant man who served his country selflessly. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.
I first met General Jones when I was a young major in 2007. At the time, I was writing a leadership biography on him as I was a student at the Air Force's School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. As part of the research, we corresponded quite frequently and met twice in person for day-long interviews. He was an outstanding leader who contributed much to our nation's security during troubled times. I fondly remember our talks as well as the insight he gave me into our military. My thoughts and prayers our with his many family and friends. Farewell and God bless you General Jones for all you did for America.
I was General Jones' secretary for his last two years as Chairman. This was the best of offices because of his leadership. He was an outstanding boss. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family, and I hope to be at his funeral service in October. The country has lost a great gentleman and leader.
A leader and a gentleman who will be remembered fondly by family, friends and history.
He was a great friend and mentor. He made tremendous contributions to our Nation as CJCS . He will be sorely missed but God is now his co-pilot!
In February, 1970, General Jones selected me to be his "Sergeant Major" at 2AF, Barksdale AFB. He invited me and my family to accompany him and his family to Germany in 1971 and arranged for me to open the USAFE Command Management Center. In 1974, when he was selected as CSAF, he assigned me at Randolph with instructions to travel the Air Force and share my leadership message. In July, 1977, he honored me with selection as CMSAF #5. I worked directly for the General for 9 years. He wrote the foreward to the book that I hope some day to publish. To quote Abe Lincoln, "Everything I am or ever hope to be I owe to my mother." Mine would read, "I owe to General Dave Jones." He was absolutely the greatest visionary I have ever met; we enjoyed total rapport. I have lost a mentor and friend. All of us in the Gaylor family send our deepest condolence to each of you in the David C. Jones family.
I was stationed at Lindsey AS, Germany when Gen Jones was a Colonel and DO. When he was appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I was working in the Chairman's Staff Group and saw General Jones almost daily. Fond memories of the Christmas receptions at his home at Ft Myer. Rest in peace sir. CMSgt Sheri Masek, USAF, Retired
I had the privilege of meeting - and briefing - Gen Jones on numerous occasions when I was a junior officer during the Vietnam War. Later, while serving in the Pentagon, our paths crossed again on several occasions. He was always, without fail, a true gentleman and an inspiring airman and leader. It was an honor having known him
May the Most High God be with you all during this time of deep sorrow.
A great Man, friend & General.
I met the General through Dr. Edgar Puryear while at ICAF. Both are great Americans and I was honored by the introduction.
I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times when he was Commander of Headquarters USAF Europe, when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and after he retired from the Air Force and lived near the Pentagon. I was fortunate to help him at his home a couple times. I repaired a few of his clocks, and sold two he bought at Tempelhof AB in the 50s. He was a great general and complete gentleman. I will not forget him as a fabulous American.
General Jones was chair of the advisory board for the National Civilian Community Corps (Americorps*NCCC). He was very kind to me and encourged my greater involvement on the board. Good man!
As a photojournalist, I had the privilege of meeting and covering Gen. Jones many times. I was struck by his straightforwardness and dignity; yet, he also displayed consideration and common sense. My condolences to his family. Respectfully,
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Many memories have come to mind about the father of a boy hood friend who imparted subtle lessons about family and leadership. God Bless You.
Our HEARTS and PRAYERS go out to the General's Family. He was one of our favorites, and I was so proud to have him Sign my Air Force Retirement Certificate in 1975. GOD BLESS YOU GENERAL. See you up Yonder. TSgt Howard E. Wynia, Sr. (Las Vegas, NV)
The Nation has lost another great military leader. When he was Commander of USAFE in the 70's, he would periodically visit Hahn AB, Germany. He loved to come to the Base Commander's office after meetings where he kicked off his shoes, rummaged through the goodie cabinet for cookies,then relaxed. He would say these brief moments were the highlight of his visit. Rest in peace General Jones. Job well done!
General Jones was my favorite general. He made it to the top without a college or university degree. He was comfortable to be around. He was a great communicator. He selected dynamic people to work for him. In the early 70's I was invited to sit at his table in a small group for breakfast to discuss issues of the Air Force. He let each person address their concerns. He listened very carefully. Later, my concern was solved. He did much more than listen. He solved problems for his people. All the best to his family. He leaves many airman behind who were proud to have him "flying" the Air Force for so many years. RIP General Jones. See you in the wild, blue yonder.
To me Dave was a man whose accomplishments I respected and was proud of, but as my uncle he was a kind, gentle, humble and generous man. Love to my cousins
The family wishes to thank everyone for
the kind messages. It means a lot.
Kathy Franklin, daughter
Summer 1972, Camp Thunderbird, Rhein-Main AB Germany. As the base Scouting Commissioner I opened a Webelos-Dad overnight event campfire, then sat down on a log next to a middle age father and his Webelos Scout son. Little did I know who "Dave" was, or the impact of our discussion, about the importance of military men spending quality time with their children, would have.
About 3 years later the Airman ran a story "The Uncommon Jones" and your father makes note of that event and our conversation.
The father allowed this young unknowing airman to spend the evening sharing his thoughts -- without knowing it was "The General" on the log next to him.
David, I hope you remember that special time your father spent with you that night... Because I do!
I went to school with David Curtis Jones in Germany and lived not far from you...I'm sorry for your loss - he was a great man who will be remembered by many.
As a combat crew member for SAC from 1965 to 1978 - thanks to Officers like Gen Jones, we became a force to be proud of...may your skies be blue with soft winds at your "6"....
Our serene Condolences'
you had a way to keep
a stern wit of attitude
of legends of service
Our condolences to
rip` David C.Jones
One of our best. A great visionary, a man of his word, a Patriot. and led by example. He loved his troops and supported them. I served with him at Barksdale Air Force Base. God has taken home a true "Warrior"
A great officer, great leader, great man.
My condolences to the Jones family. May you find comfort from God's word recorded at Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 regarding the loss of your loved one.
Thank you; you were a great leader that always cared about your soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guard.I can tell you that mission in the desert was a success (RIP KIA's), because of you and Col "Charlie" Beckwith, the different services now train together more and(Delta Force)has a more active role. RIP
Dog Man 5th SF Group
RIP General you was one of a kind, I was stationed with you @ Ramstein AB Germany 1973-1975 Art Cleveland Smsgt USAF Ret.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Gen. Jones was a gifted public servant and a very cordial man. His wife grew up in Rugby.......God bless them both.
Dale G. Niewoehner - Former Mayor - Rugby, North Dakota
in God's care rest in peace
One of the greats. Thank you sir for all that you have done and your service to your country.I salute you sir.
Gen.you were one of our great Gen.now you belong to hestory.