Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121
Major Michael B. Jones

Major Michael Jones is from Hopkinton, Massachusetts and attended Lehigh University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Material Science and Engineering and a Minor in Nanotechnology in May 2009. Following graduation he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and reported to The Basic School in June of 2009, as part of class 6-09. After completion of The Basic School in January 2010, he reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 2013.  After receiving his wings, First Lieutenant Jones reported to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101) for initial training in the F/A-18A-D Hornet, where he was promoted to Captain in June 2013. While awaiting training Captain Jones was temporarily assigned to Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401(VMFT-401) where he served as Schedules Officer and flew the F-5F.

Upon graduation from VMFAT-101 he was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather) 225 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in October 2014.  While with VMFA(AW)-225 he deployed to Marine Air Group 12 (MAG-12) at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni three times while assigned to the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) in 2015, 2016 and 2018. During his time with VMFA(AW)-225 he served as the NATOPS officer, Airframes Officer in Charge (OIC), Mission Planning Cell OIC, and Pilot Training Officer.  During this tour Captain Jones graduated from Marine Division Tactics Course 2-17 and Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-18.

In February 2019, Captain Jones reported to United States Naval Test Pilot School as a member of Class 157.  Major Jones graduated from United States Naval Test Pilot School in June 2020 and reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO THREE (VX-23) in July of 2020. Initially assigned to the F/A-18 Flight Test Department, he served as a project officer flying the F/A-18 A-D Hornet, F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, and EA-18G Growler. He later served as the Operations Officer and the Director of Safety and Standardization. During his time at VX-23, Major Jones served as the project officer for F/A-18 A-D Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS), AIM-260 JATM,  F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G KC-46 Receiver certification, and multiple other projects.  Major Jones was also responsible for spearheading and leading interoperability testing between F/A-18 A-F, EA-18G, F-35 B/C, and E-2D.  Lastly, he also served as the squadron’s Tactics Training Officer and as the squadron’s main F/A-18E and F-35C representative at the Virtual Warfare Center. During his time at VX-23, Major Jones underwent a CAT II Transition to the F-35B with VMFAT-502 at MCAS Miramar, CA.

In January of 2023 Major Jones arrived at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, where he joined the Green Knights of VMFA-121.  He is currently the Executive Officer, having previously served as the Green Knight’s Aircraft Maintenance Officer.  Major Jones has accumulated over 25 traps and logged more than 1,600 flight hours in the F-35B, F/A-18 A-F, EA-18G, F-5F, T-45C, T-6A/B, and numerous other jet and propeller driven aircraft as well as the OH-58 Kiowa helicopter and X-26A glider. His currently married with two children.

1st Marine Aircraft Wing