Jones, John Paul, Sr., SSgt

Air Traffic Control
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Current Service Status
USAF Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
27270B-Air Traffic Control Technician
Current/Last AFSC Group
Air Traffic Control
Primary Unit
1984-1986, 27170, 911th Tactical Airlift Group
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
99000-Basic Airman
43230-Apprentice Jet Engine Mechanic
43250-Jet Engine Mechanic
27230-Air Traffic Control Operator
27250B-Air Traffic Control Operator
27250A-Air Traffic Control Operator
27270-Air Traffic Control Technician
27270A-Air Traffic Control Technician
27170-Air Operations Supervisor
Service Years
1972 - 1986
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Combat Crew

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post 127Dept of IndianaB-52 Stratofortress AssociationKorean War Veterans Association (KWVA)
UTAPAO Alumni AssociationNational Rifle Association (NRA)Air Force Together We ServedVietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  1988, American Legion, Post 127 (Anderson, Indiana) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1998, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of Indiana (Indianapolis, Indiana) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2003, B-52 Stratofortress Association [Verified]
  2008, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, UTAPAO Alumni Association [Verified]
  2008, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  2008, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]
  2009, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, B-52 Stratofortress Association [Verified]
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
After almost 32 years of Government Service with the USAF and the FAA, I retired in 2004. 12 years Active Duty with one break and Two years Active Reserves, I served in Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Ten CONUS assignments as a Jet Engine mechanic (B52's and KC135's) an Air Traffic Controller ( Tower/ Radar and the MOB)  and an Airfield Management Specialist (Reserves) and I can say I enjoyed all of them.  I just enjoyed some more than others! I left the Air Force in 1984 when the FAA gave me an offer I couldn't refuse. I spent two more with the Air Force Reserve at Greater Pitt.  After 30 years of telling pilots where to go, I hung up my headset and now I watch my 16 year old son grow up. And Yes he wants to be an Air Force Fighter Pilot. He's a Plane nut just like his dad!
Other Comments:
The Aircraft in this profile I either worked on as a mechanic, or controlled as an Air Traffic Controller in the US Air Force or the FAA. Some have interesting stories if you click on the photo.
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Air Traffic Control (Senior)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1972, Basic Military Training (Lackland AFB, TX), 3728/06547
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Military Training Center - LacklandTraining UnitsTechnical Training Center - ChanuteAndersen Air Force Base
43rd Strategic Wing307th Strategic Wing8th Air ForceStrategic Air Command (SAC)
Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)17th Field Maintenance Squadron17th Bombardment Wing, HeavyTechnical Training Center - Keesler
Communications Units2066th Communications Squadron7th Air ForceUnited States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf PackAir Force Communications Service (AFCS)2nd Combat Communications Group1915th Communications Squadron
Air Force Communications Command (AFCC)911th Tactical Airlift GroupAir Force Reserve Command 439th Tactical Airlift Wing
  1972-1972, 99000, Military Training Center - Lackland
  1972-1972, 99000, 3728th Basic Military Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1972-1972, 43230, Technical Training Center - Chanute
  1972-1972, 43250, Andersen Air Force Base
  1972-1972, 43250, 43rd Strategic Wing
  1972-1972, 43250, 307th Strategic Wing
  1972-1972, 43250, 8th Air Force
  1972-1974, 43250, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1972-1974, 43250, Second Air Force (2nd Air Force)
  1972-1974, 43250, 17th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1972-1974, 43250, 17th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1972-1974, 43250, 17th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1974-1974, 27230, Technical Training Center - Keesler
  1975-1976, 27250B, 2110th Communications Squadron
  1976-1978, 27250B, 2066th Communications Squadron
  1978-1978, 27270B, 7th Air Force
  1978-1979, PACAF Pacific Communications Area (PACOMMAREA)
  1978-1979, 27250B, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1978-1979, 27250B, 1982nd Communications Squadron
  1979-1980, 27250A, 2179th Communications Squadron
  1979-1981, 27270, Air Force Communications Service (AFCS)
  1979-1981, 27270A, 2nd Combat Communications Group
  1980-1984, 27270, 1915th Communications Squadron
  1980-1984, 27270B, Air Force Communications Command (AFCC)
  1984-1986, 27170, 911th Tactical Airlift Group
  1984-1986, 27170, Air Force Reserve Command
  1984-1986, 27170, 439th Tactical Airlift Wing
  1984-1986, 27170, 911th Tactical Airlift Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II3
  1978-1979 Team Spirit2
 Colleges Attended 
Community College of the Air ForceAir UniversityBall State UniversityEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  1972-1984, Community College of the Air Force
  1972-1984, Air University
  1975-1976, Phillips University
  1980-1981, Ball State University
  2013-Present, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-123 Provider  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  KC-135 Stratotanker  AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile  
T-37 Tweet  T-38 Talon  C-37 Gulfstream V  F-100 Super Sabre  
F-105G  Wild Weasel  A-7 Corsair II (Sluf)  A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)  F-111 Aardvark  
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  F-4 Phantom  F-86 Sabre  C-9 Nightingale  
F-16 Fighting Falcon  T-39 Sabreliner  C-141 Starlifter  O-2 Skymaster  
OV-10 Bronco  AC-130A Gunship  B-66 Destroyer  C-140 Jetstar II  
F-106 Delta Dart  HH-3/CH-3E  Jolly Green Giant  E-4 Nightwatch  A-37 Dragonfly  
C-130 Hercules  B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1972-1972, C-123 Provider
  1972-1974, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)2
  1972-1974, KC-135 Stratotanker
  1972-1974, AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile
  1975-1976, T-37 Tweet
  1975-1976, T-38 Talon
  1975-1976, C-37 Gulfstream V
  1975-1976, F-100 Super Sabre
  1975-1976, F-105G Wild Weasel
  1976-1978, A-7 Corsair II (Sluf)
  1976-1978, A-10 Thunderbolt II (Warthog)
  1976-1978, F-111 Aardvark
  1976-1978, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1978-1979, F-4 Phantom
  1978-1979, F-86 Sabre
  1978-1979, C-9 Nightingale
  1978-1979, F-16 Fighting Falcon
  1978-1979, T-39 Sabreliner
  1978-1979, C-141 Starlifter
  1978-1980, O-2 Skymaster
  1979-1980, OV-10 Bronco
  1979-1980, AC-130A Gunship
  1979-1980, B-66 Destroyer
  1979-1980, C-140 Jetstar II
  1979-1980, F-106 Delta Dart
  1979-1980, HH-3/CH-3E Jolly Green Giant
  1980-1984, E-4 Nightwatch
  1980-1984, A-37 Dragonfly
  1984-1986, C-130 Hercules
  1985-1986, B-17 Flying Fortress
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