Brent Jones, a native of Lafayette, Tennessee, recently received the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Air Force for his previous assignment at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, D.C. Brent is a JAG and currently the Chief, Senior Trial Counsel of the Western Circuit stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California. In that position, he travels the world prosecuting the Air Force’s most complex federal cases, advising 17 other Air Force bases on criminal law matters, while also supervising 5 other senior prosecutors.
The medal citation reads, “Major Brent N. Jones distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Senior Trial Counsel, Government Trial and Appellate Counsel Division, Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. During this period, Major Jones tried an amazing 53 of the Air Force’s toughest courts-martial while on temporary duty for 546 days. As government counsel, he navigated a complex, gang-related drug and sexual assault case to earn a conviction and sentence that included 25 years in jail and dismissal for a corrupt captain. Exhibiting superior skill, Major Jones won a conviction against an Airman who sexually preyed on four technical school classmates thereby restoring the victims’ faith in the Air Force. His superior cross-examination secured a conviction, dishonorable discharge and 16 years in jail for a non-commissioned officer who raped his wife and step-daughter. A natural teacher, Major Jones played a key role in improving litigation Air Force-wide through his instruction of over 350 judge advocates and paralegals in the field of military justice. Showing his versatility, he earned the trust of emotional witnesses to win a conviction and life sentence in a child murder case. Major Jones’ incredible efforts earned him recognition as the Company Grade Officer of the First Quarter; and later, Field Grade Officer of the Fourth Quarter at the Air Force Legal Operations Agency level. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Major Jones reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.”
Brent Jones attended Macon County High School, received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee, and his Juris Doctor at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He has been serving on active duty in the Air Force since becoming a licensed attorney in the state of Tennessee in 2007. Brent has been stationed a number of places during his Air Force career, but still calls Tennessee home.