Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5249 USA
Brian Jones, human resources administrator for Western Michigan University's Department of Military Science and Leadership, retired as a master sergeant from the U.S. Army Reserves with 24 years total service—16 years active—Jan. 31, 2009. Jones was born and raised in North Carolina. He joined the Army Dec. 18, 1984, in the Delayed Entry Program and started basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., Jan. 25, 1985. He attended AIT at Fort Gordon, Ga., for training as a multichannel communications equipment operator. He reclassified in 1989 at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., receiving training as a personnel information system management specialist.
Jones was stationed in Mannheim, Germany (1985-1987), Fort Lewis, Wash. (1987-1989), Bamberg, Germany (1989-1992) with a brief stint in Saudi Arabia (1990-1991), Fort Eustis, Va. (1992-1996), Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (1996-1997), and Fort Knox, Ky. (1997-2001). After leaving active duty through October 2007, Jones served as an instructor with the 84th Division at Fort Custer and a regional instructor for the State of Michigan with the 100th Division. From 2007 until his retirement, he worked in the S-3 and as first sergeant in the Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade, 104th Division.