Captain Bruce C. Jones
Captain Bruce Jones has served as Commander Sector Columbia River since June 2011. Jones also serves as the Captain of the Port Columbia River and Commanding Officer Air Station Astoria. Captain Jones holds a B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University. He graduated from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in 1984 and Naval Flight Training in 1985. Captain Jones served most recently (2009-2011) as Deputy Director, Enterprise Strategic Management (CG-095) and Chief, Office of Strategic Analysis (CG-0951) at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. His responsibilities included oversight of the Coast Guard’s long-range strategy development process, providing strategic counsel to senior leadership and managing the Commandant’s and Vice Commandant’s executive forums. From 2006-2009, Captain Jones was Commander, Sector Lake Michigan. He led 22 units in 4 states with 525 Active Duty, 225 Reserve and 1200 Auxiliary personnel. He also served as Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Commander, Federal On Scene Coordinator, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, and Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection. Captain Jones commanded Air Station New Orleans from 2004-2006. Personally leading the first wave of rescue helicopters to return to New Orleans and begin rescue operations just hours after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in August 2005. From 2001-2004, Captain Jones served as Executive Officer of Air Station Traverse City, MI, where he oversaw aviation support to all Coast Guard missions in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Other staff assignments at Coast Guard Headquarters include Chief, Strategic, Business and Capital Planning Division (G-CPP-2) from 1997-2001. Captain Jones has logged over 5,300 flight hours as an Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot in the HH-52A, HH-65-A/B/C, TH-57-B/C, and HH-60J. Earlier aviation assignments include Air Station Houston TX; Naval Air Station Whiting Field FL and Air Station Elizabeth City NC. His aviation awards for challenging rescues at sea include “Aircrew of the Year” recognition from the American Helicopter Society, Association of Naval Aviation, Helicopter Society International, and Naval Helicopter Association. He was also recognized as HT-18 “Flight Instructor of the Year” and Naval Helicopter Association (Gulf Coast Region) “Pilot of the Year” in 1991. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Air Medal (3), and the Navy Commendation Medal.