Cmdr. Daniel Jones
A native of Riverton, New Jersey, Cmdr. Daniel Jones graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2003, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. At the completion of flight training in 2005 he was designated a naval aviator and reported to the "Airwolves" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 40 for SH-60B fleet replacement pilot training.
In 2006, Jones reported to the "Proud Warriors" of HSL-42 where he deployed as Detachment 10 assistant operations officer and Detachment 8 maintenance officer in USS Carr (FFG-52). While not deployed, he served as squadron assistant operations officer, nassistant training officer and quality assurance officer.
Jones was next assigned to the "Airwolves" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 40 as a MH-60R fleet replacement squadron (FRS) instructor pilot serving as training scheduling officer and assistant training officer. During his tour he earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Florida and was selected for redesignation to full time support (FTS) officer.
Jones' first FTS assignment was with the "Jaguars" of HSL-60 where he deployed supporting counter-narcotics operations as officer in charge Detachment 1 aboard USS Kauffman (FFG-59). While ashore Jones served as administration officer and maintenance officer. During his tour he was awarded the peer-selected 2015 Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award and
HSM-60 Officer of the Year.
In 2017, Jones earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in National Defense and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College, Newport, RI.
Following his tour at the Naval War College, Jones served as director reserve flag matters for the chief of
navy reserve on the OPNAV staff (N095F).
Jones is currently serving as commanding officer, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 60.