Gen. Jones is the Navy's 25th 'Honorary Aviator'.In appreciation for his role in securing the integration of Navy and Marine Corps tactical aviation, the chief of naval operations chief of naval operations
n. pl. chiefs of naval operations Abbr. CNO
The ranking officer of the U.S. Navy, responsible to the secretary of the Navy and to the President. made Gen. James L. Jones General James Logan Jones, Jr., USMC, (born December 19, 1943) is the former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) (2003-2006) and the Commander of the United States European Command (COMUSEUCOM) (2003-2006). an Honorary Naval Aviator earlier this year. Jones, who was the commandant of the Marine Corps The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps is the highest ranking officer of the United States Marine Corps and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reporting to the Secretary of the Navy but not to the Chief of Naval Operations. until January 2003, joined an elite group of only 25 people who have ever received that award.
The chief of naval operations can bestow honorary "Wings of Gold" on an individual whose contributions to naval aviation are deemed of "truly extraordinary nature."
In a ceremony at the CNO's office on January 10, Adm. Vernon Clark pinned the gold wings on Gen. Jones. Also in attendance was Vice CNO CNO
chief of naval operations and senior naval aviator Adm. William Fallon.
The practice of designating individuals as Honorary Naval Aviators began in October 1949. "This designation is not conferred lightly, and the contributions rendered to naval aviation by those so honored have been of a truly extraordinary nature," said Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Matt McLaughlin.
Former recipients include Vice Adm. Hyman C. Rickover, Sen. John Warner, Adm. Arleigh Burke, Gen. James Doolittle and Bob Hope.
Jones, who is now the 14th Supreme Allied Commander Supreme Allied Commander is the title given to the most senior commander of some multinational military alliances. It originated as a term used by the Western Allies during World War II and is currently used by NATO. , Europe, was the 32nd commandant of the Marine Corps. Upon becoming Honorary Naval Aviator No. 25, he was presented a Navy leather flight jacket, a set of Naval Aviator gold wings (donated by the Marine Corps Aviation Association) and a certificate designating him as the 25th Honorary Naval Aviator.
Clark noted, "Gen. Jones has been a tremendous supporter and advocate for both Naval and Marine Aviation and has worked hard to ensure the success of Navy and Marine Tactical Air Integration. ... His support for naval aviation has paved the way to ensure that the Navy-Marine Corps Team remains the world's most modern and powerful force in readiness."
Immediately preceding Jones on the list of Honorary Naval Aviators are Corwin H. "Corky" Meyer and Harry Gann. Corky Meyer became Honorary Naval Aviator No. 23, in 1997. He tested Grumman's first jet aircraft, the XF9F-2 Panther, in 1947, and became the first civilian pilot to qualify aboard an aircraft carrier, Lake Champlain (CVS (1) (Concurrent Versions System) A version control system for Unix that was initially developed as a series of shell scripts in the mid-1980s. CVS maintains the changes between one source code version and another and stores all the changes in one file. 39), in an F9F-6 Cougar cougar: see puma.
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No. 24 was Harry Gann, who also received the award in 1997. He was a Douglas Aircraft Company The Douglas Aircraft Company was founded by Donald Wills Douglas, Sr. in July 1921 in Santa Monica, California, following dissolution of the Davis-Douglas Company. An early claim to fame was the first circumnavigation of the world by air in Douglas planes in 1924. mechanical designer who performed specialized air-to-alt photography--first shooting flight demonstration reams that flew Douglas aircraft, such as the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds. He was designated an Honorary Marine Aviator in 1975, and an Honorary Blue Angel in 1979. His aerial photographs have appeared in numerous publications.