Jones, Charles Edward, Col

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
2841A-Astronautical Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1994-1998, 10CXX, Electronic Systems Center
Service Years
1974 - 1998

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Bedford, MA

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 2001
Hostile, Died
Intentional Homicide
New York
Not Specified
Location of Interment
National September 11 Memorial - Manhattan, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel N-74

 Official Badges 

Missileman (Master)

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 Military Association Memberships
Association of Graduates USAFASeptember 11, 2001 Fallen
  1974, Association of Graduates USAFA
  2001, September 11, 2001 Fallen [Verified]

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Astronaut (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
US Air Force66th Air Base WingElectronic Systems Center
  1982-1987, 2841A, Space Division Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program
  1994-1998, 10CXX, 66th Air Base Wing
  1994-1998, 10CXX, Electronic Systems Center
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Air Force AcademyCalifornia State University, Los AngelesMassachusetts Institute of Technology
  1970-1974, United States Air Force Academy
  1975-1977, California State University, Los Angeles
  1978-1980, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Colonel Charles E. Jones (retired) died on 11 September 2001 during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City. He was a passenger on American Flight 11 which was en route from Boston to Los Angeles when the flight was hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists. The plane was flown into Building # 1 of the World Trade Center.

Colonel Charles Jones had served as a United States Air Force officer, as a computer programmer, and an astronaut in the USAF Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program. He had been trained as a Space Shuttle Payload Specialist (MSE-Group-2). He entered the space program in September 1982. Jones attended the Air Force Academy and M.I.T..

He entered the USAF Manned Spaceflight Engineer program in 1982, and was scheduled to fly on mission STS-71-B in December 1986, but the mission was cancelled after the Challenger Disaster in January 1986. STS-71-B would have been the Challenger aircraft. He left the Manned Spaceflight Engineer program in 1987.

During his 24 years service in USAF, he served with the Space and Missile Systems Organization, the National Reconnaissance Office, the Defense Intelligence Agency the Secretary of the Air Force Special Projects, and the Electronic Systems Center. 

He left a wife, Mary, at his passing and loved ones.

A special tribute to this fine man can be found at the U.S. Air Force Academy site: Checkpoints Magazine , Fall 2001, at
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