Spotlight Sailor – EMCS Mark P. Jones
EMCS Mark P. Jones
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Mark P. Jones
Senior Chief Petty Officer, Electrician’s Mate, Selected Reserve
Human Factors Engineer for Associated Fuel Pumps System Corporation (AFCO) – Applies human factors engineering concepts to optimize usability, cost, quality, safety, or performance in the improvement of human work systems and spaces
After his active duty commitment, Senior Chief Jones took 18 years off to raise his family before he decided to join the Navy Reserve as a Petty Officer Second Class. His time away from the military allowed him to return as a more seasoned and mature Sailor. Even though he joined the Reserve with an Associate’s Degree, he realized the value of a higher education and returned to college for a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Human Resource Administration.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserves has given me pride and the honor of service to be a leader in the world’s greatest Navy. It has also given my wife Janet the opportunity to be part of my Navy family and career. Over my Reserve career, my civilian employer was flexible enough to allow me to give back to my community by tutoring children at local elementary schools. These experiences were humbling and gave me a great sense of pride and accomplishment.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
It made sense for me to re-affiliate with the branch of military that helped shape and instill discipline in me as a young man. It also gave me a skill set that has carried me full circle in my civilian career and has provided an opportunity for me to give back from the life experiences that I acquired while my wife and I raised our children.
In my Navy…
In my Navy, there will always be opportunities and challenges as Leaders to help our Sailors personal growth and development. We must instill pride and professionalism in each and every Sailor we encounter so they can enjoy their careers while serving. With that, all of us who have been empowered to lead these Sailors should continue to be accountable for those we have been charged with leading. We must develop them to be good followers/leaders, and keep the good order and discipline, that “those who have gone before us, to defend freedom and democracy around the world” left for us to carry on.