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The funeral for 9th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. David C. Jones was held at Arlington National Cemetery, Oct. 25, 2013. Current Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, current Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III., and other current and former military members joined Jones' family and friends to honor the former chairman, who served under Presidents Jimmy Carter's and Ronald Reagan's administrations, from 1978 to 1982. Jones passed away on Aug. 10, 2013.

The funeral for 9th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. David C. Jones was held at Arlington National Cemetery, Oct. 25, 2013. Current Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, current Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III., and other current and former military members joined Jones' family and friends to honor the former chairman, who served under Presidents Jimmy Carter's and Ronald Reagan's administrations, from 1978 to 1982. Jones passed away on Aug. 10, 2013.

U.S. Army, Caisson Platoon, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) leads a joint service casket team, carrying retired Gen. David C. Jones to his final resting place Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as Air Force chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff June 21, 1978. As chairman, Jones served longer than all of his predecessors, serving from 1978 to 1982. During this time he was responsible for executing the decisions of the National Command Authorities regarding worldwide readiness and employment of combat forces of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

U.S. Army, Caisson Platoon, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) leads a joint service casket team, carrying retired Gen. David C. Jones to his final resting place Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as Air Force chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff June 21, 1978. As chairman, Jones served longer than all of his predecessors, serving from 1978 to 1982. During this time he was responsible for executing the decisions of the National Command Authorities regarding worldwide readiness and employment of combat forces of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

The United States Air Force and Navy Honor Guard Drill Team pay tribute to retired Gen. David C. Jones as he’s laid to rest Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as Air Force chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, June 21, 1978. As chairman he served as the senior military adviser to the president, the National Security Council and the secretary of Defense.  During the Korean War, Jones was assigned to a bombardment squadron where he accumulated more than 300 flight hours on missions over North Korea.

The United States Air Force and Navy Honor Guard Drill Team pay tribute to retired Gen. David C. Jones as he’s laid to rest Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as Air Force chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, June 21, 1978. As chairman he served as the senior military adviser to the president, the National Security Council and the secretary of Defense. During the Korean War, Jones was assigned to a bombardment squadron where he accumulated more than 300 flight hours on missions over North Korea.

A joint service color guard folds the flag over retired Gen. David C. Jones’ casket during his funeral Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as Air Force chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff June 21, 1978. As chairman he served as the senior military adviser to the president, the National Security Council and the secretary of Defense. He entered the Army Air Corps and began aviation cadet training in April 1942. He received his commission and pilot wings in February 1943. The Army, Marine Corp and Coast Guard were also in attendance conducting military honors.

A joint service color guard folds the flag over retired Gen. David C. Jones’ casket during his funeral Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as Air Force chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff June 21, 1978. As chairman he served as the senior military adviser to the president, the National Security Council and the secretary of Defense. He entered the Army Air Corps and began aviation cadet training in April 1942. He received his commission and pilot wings in February 1943. The Army, Marine Corp and Coast Guard were also in attendance conducting military honors.

An attendee places a rose over retired Gen. David C. Jones burial site after his funeral Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as Air Force chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As chairman he served as the senior military adviser to the president, helping set in motion a sweeping reorganization of the nation’s military command. Jones died Aug. 10, 2013 at the age of 92.

An attendee places a rose over retired Gen. David C. Jones burial site after his funeral Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as Air Force chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As chairman he served as the senior military adviser to the president, helping set in motion a sweeping reorganization of the nation’s military command. Jones died Aug. 10, 2013 at the age of 92.

Family and friends of retired Gen. David C. Jones pay tribute to him as he’s laid to rest Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as Air Force chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff June 21, 1978. As chairman he served as the senior military adviser to the president, the National Security Council and the secretary of defense. He passed away on Aug. 10, 2013.

Family and friends of retired Gen. David C. Jones pay tribute to him as he’s laid to rest Oct. 25, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va. Jones served four years as Air Force chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff June 21, 1978. As chairman he served as the senior military adviser to the president, the National Security Council and the secretary of defense. He passed away on Aug. 10, 2013.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) --

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Air Force chief of staff was laid to rest Oct. 25 in Arlington National Cemetery.  

Retired Gen. David C. Jones served as the ninth chief of staff from 1974 to 1978 until he was appointed as the ninth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served as the military’s top military officer until 1982.

Current Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, current Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III., and other current and former military members joined Jones' family and friends to honor him.

“He was one of the finest military leaders in our nation’s history. He was a tireless advocate for training and readiness but kept one eye focused on the future,” Welsh said, one of several speakers during the memorial service, calling the event an opportunity to “celebrate” the life of a “remarkable man.”

Jones was born in Aberdeen, S.D., and graduated from high school in Minot, N.D., in 1939, where he would ride his bike to the nearby airport to watch airplanes take off and land.

He attended the University of North Dakota and Minot State College until the outbreak of World War II. At that time, he entered the Army Air Corps, beginning aviation cadet training in April 1942, and received his commission and pilot wings in February 1943.

A graduate of the National War College, the general was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1974, an honorary doctorate of laws degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1975, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from Minot State College, Minot, N.D., in 1979.

During Jones’ career, he was assigned to a bombardment squadron during the Korean War and accumulated more than 300 hours on missions over North Korea. He also commanded an aerial refueling squadron and a tactical fighter wing, and became the top aide to Gen. Curtis LeMay. In 1969, Jones served in the Republic of Vietnam as deputy commander for operations and then as vice commander of the Seventh Air Force.

Welsh remarked on many other notable accomplishments during Jones’ tenure, to include direction of the Rapid Deployment Force, what we now know as U.S. Central Command, and played a critical role in shaping DOD reorganization efforts, which led to the 1986 Goldwater Nichols Act.

Jones retired from the Air Force July 1, 1982.

“From those great days as a young boy in North Dakota, Gen. Jones always had a unique ability to see further and with more clarity than others,” Welsh said.  “That clarity, his brilliance, and his dedicated service helped make our Air Force, our military, and our country what they are today.  Seventy-one years ago now, young David Jones raised his right hand and swore that he would ‘well and faithfully discharge his duties’ … promise kept …”

At the time of his death, he was battling Parkinson’s disease.

(Information courtesy of  Air Force Public Affairs Agency) 

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