2013-09-13 / Community Events

Retired Sailor inspires new chief petty officers

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Londyn Barrett
Navy Information Operations Command Georgia Public Affairs


Sailors from Navy Information Operations Command gather to commemorate the service of John Jones, U.S. Navy retired. He was drafted into the Navy in 1944 and worked as a steward (today referred to as a culinary specialist) before retiring as a First Class Petty Officer after 24 years of faithful service. 
U.S. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class T. J. Fallon/Navy Information Operations Command Georgia Public Affairs Office Sailors from Navy Information Operations Command gather to commemorate the service of John Jones, U.S. Navy retired. He was drafted into the Navy in 1944 and worked as a steward (today referred to as a culinary specialist) before retiring as a First Class Petty Officer after 24 years of faithful service. U.S. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class T. J. Fallon/Navy Information Operations Command Georgia Public Affairs Office You know a Sailor is salty when his rate no longer exists. John Jones retired after serving 24 faithful years as a steward, known today as a culinary specialist, after being drafted in 1944. Retired petty officer John Jones is a native of New Ellenton, S.C. Jones honored this year’s chief petty officer selectees by paying a visit Aug. 23 to Fort Gordon to relax with Sailors of all ranks and to offer the selectees both advice and encouragement for their journey ahead

Chief- select Scott Kinley, Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, said, “Jones’ attitude is infectious. Despite his age and everything he’s been through, he always sees the bright side in everything and that cheers up everyone around him.”

This kind of positive attitude is important for morale and a key quality for the leaders of the world’s greatest Navy. As Chiefselect Jason Mitchum, NIOC Georgia, remarked, “Meeting with Petty Officer Jones was an honor and truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. The stories of his life and career in the Navy was an inspiration to me, which gives me a deep sense of heritage that makes me proud to serve.”

Inspiration was a key character noticed by almost everyone who encountered John Jones. As Chiefselect

Nicole Colavito put it, “Jones is awe inspiring. His genuine heart and love of the Navy and our country is invigorating. He is a true believer in humanity and brings a breath of fresh air to all that are blessed by his presence.”

Chief-select Dkendrick Roebuck also noticed John Jones’ sense of humanity, in part through the way he conveyed his messages. “Meeting [him] for me was great – I loved his art of storytelling. He painted a visual portrait with his words,” said Roebuck.

In addition to conveying general inspiration through his stories and his sense of pride, John Jones was able to instill in those around him a refreshed sense of camaraderie. Chiefselect William Anthony was clearly impressed by John Jones, stating, “If you spend just ten minutes with Petty Officer Jones, he will refocus your idea of what it means to be a Sailor and a shipmate. Luckily, we got to spend more [time] than that. The story of his life and his experience in the Navy instills a sense of pride that you will carry with you long after he leaves. His message to us: Always keep a positive outlook and push forward in everything you do. Never pass up an opportunity to be a shipmate.”

Clearly, Retired Petty Officer John Jones, even retired from the Navy, still embraces and imbues a sense of what it means to be a shipmate – inspiring Sailors long after his retirement.

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