Lance Jones

Master Gunnery Sergeant Lance L. Jones is the Senior Enlisted Advisor for Second Battalion, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Jones joined the Marine Corps on May 5, 1984, attending boot camp at Marine Corp Recruit Depot San Diego, Ca. After three months of intense training he proceeded to Infantry Training School at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Following graduation, he was assigned to his first duty station at Marine Barracks 8th & I, Washington, D.C.  While there he served three years on the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team. He then proceeded to Camp Lejeune, N.C. where he served with 1st Battalion 6th Marines as a squad leader. He served on two combat deployments during his tour at Camp Lejeune.

He then proceeded to Okinawa, Japan where he served as a Team Leader at the Jungle Warfighting School. After his tour on Okinawa, Japan he proceeded to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. as a Basic Warrior Instructor.  After the Parris Island assignment, he proceeded to Charleston, South Carolina as Canvassing Recruiter.   During this tour he was meritoriously promoted to the next rank for his efforts and success.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Jones returned to Marine Base Camp Lejeune N.C. where he served for 12 years as an Infantryman and Warfighter at various units and executed three combat deployments to include Operations Iraqi Freedom (Iraq),  Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and eight contingency deployments.

After his successful tour in North Carolina, he received orders to the Pentagon to serve as the Infantry Occupational Field Sponsor and Enlisted Advocate for the Marine Corps.

Following his tour at the Pentagon, Master Gunnery Sergeant Jones was selected as the Deputy Director of the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Okinawa, Japan.

His final, active duty assignment was at Twenty-Nine Palms, California as the Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Lance L. Jones served 28 years of faithful service to God, Country and the Marine Corps.

Following his retirement, he served at Hargrave Military Academy as a Training Advisor and Counselor for Post-Graduate students.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars, and the Combat Action Ribbon.