Colonel Bobby Wayne Jones will culminate over 28 years of military service at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013 during a ceremony in the Winn Army Community Hospital Patriot Auditorium on Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Dr. Jones is the fourth of seven children born to the late Arlee and Earnestine Jones. He grew up in Altheimer, Arkansas and graduated as salutatorian from Altheimer High School in 1979.
He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1984 and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1990. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Augusta, Georgia. He is a board certified internist and earned a Master of Ministry (Pastoral Studies) from Covington Theological Seminary. Subsequent assignments included Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. and Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Operational assignments included brigade surgeon and flight surgeon duties for the famous “Rock of the Marne” Division July 1998-July 2002. After an assignment with the 67th combat Support Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany, Col. Jones returned to Savannah, serving as Director of Tuttle Army Health Clinic from September 2005-January 2009. He then transferred to Winn Army Community Hospital, where he served as Chief, Internal Medicine Service until July 2010. He has spent the last three years serving as the Command Surgeon, First U.S. Army on Fort Gillem, Georgia and Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois.
His operational and combat deployments include the National Training Center, Joint Readiness Training Center, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo (twice) and Iraq. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service (2OLC), Army Commendation (OLC), Army Achievement, Reserve Component Achievement, National Defense (bronze star device),Armed Force Expeditionary, Kosovo Campaign (bronze star device), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service, Outstanding Volunteer Service, Armed Forces Reserve, Army Service, Overseas Service and North Atlantic Treaty Organization medals. He also earned the Army Flight Surgeon and Air Assault badges.
Col. Jones maintains life memberships in the Arkansas Alumni Association, University of Arkansas Black Alumni Society, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the King- Tisdale Cottage Foundation. In 2006, he was one of ten African American alumni selected by the University of Arkansas to receive the inaugural Silas Hunt Legacy Award. He is a member of the Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Savannah, GA where he serves as an associate minister and with his wife as Co-Director of Children’s Church.
He is married to the former Corine Ackerson and they have one adult son, Bradley.