Fred was born in Rome, GA on August 2, 1957, the son of William H. Jones of Columbia, SC and Amelia Stroop Jones of Shallotte, NC.
Fred enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1979 and spent the next 29 years in dedicated service to this great country. Following boot camp at Parris Island, SC. his career began at VMFA-314 with F-4s and then transitioned to F-18s. In 1983 he transferred to Naval Air Station, Millington, Tennessee where he served as an Aviation Ordnance Instructor until 1987. He returned to fleet service with VMFA-451 F-18 squadron until he was selected for Warrant Officer and transferred back to VMFA-314 where he would serve as the Ordnance Officer in Charge (OIC) until 1994.
In 1994, Fred reported to NAVSUP Ammunition Logistics Center, Pacific (AMMOPAC) to serve as Marine Corps Aviation Ordnance Representative followed by a tour at COMNAVAIRPAC until he returned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron Eleven (MALS-11) Miramar, CA in 1998 as Aviation Ordnance OIC.
In 2000, Fred was assigned as the Aviation Ordnance Programs Officer at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Maryland. In 2002 he was transferred to OPNAV as the Aviation Ordnance Programs Requirements Officer, Resource Sponsor and finally as the occupational field sponsor for the Marine Corps Aviation Ordnance community. During his Marine Corps tenure, Fred received multitudes of medals and honors, among them were: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal (4 awards); Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia); Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal, and Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
He retired from the Marine Corps with an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Lt. Colonel in 2009 and continued his service to the country as a Program Manager for the U.S. Government.
As a government civilian, Fred continued to support the Aviation Ordnance Community at Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Maryland, where he served as a Program Manager in PMA 201 and as the Assistant Program Executive Officer for Logistics for Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO (U&W)) until his civilian retirement in 2019.
Fred was highly respected throughout the Aviation Ordnance and NAVAIR arenas for his extensive weapons and logistics knowledge coupled with inspirational leadership and mentorship to countless Marines and civilians during his outstanding careers.
He is survived by his parents and his wife, Tracy Ellen Jones; son Hamlin Jones of Columbia, SC, Stepson Ryan Ponse (Lydia) of Royal Oak, MI; Stepdaughter, Olivia Nichas (Louis) of The Plains, VA.; brother William Jones Jr of Columbia, SC and sister Marie Danford of Shallotte, NC; and countless grateful friends that he helped and inspired along the journey.
Fred will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on January 25, 2022 at 10:45 at the Post Chapel. Masks are required if attending the funeral.