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NEWS | Jan. 8, 2024

New leadership takes charge at 356th Airlift Squadron

By Julian Hernandez 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Christopher G. Jones assumed command of the 356th Airlift Squadron during a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on Jan. 5.

Prior to taking command of the 356th AS, Jones served as the 733rd Training Squadron director of operations. Jones initially joined the military as a member of the U.S. Navy, commissioning through Naval Officer Candidate School in 2000. He made the transition to the Air Force Reserve when he took an instructor pilot position with the 68th Airlift Squadron in 2013.

During the ceremony, Jones had a chance to address the Airmen now under his charge.

“I don’t look at us as just an airlift squadron,” Jones said. “I would be honored if you guys would allow me to call it home.”

Throughout his career, Jones has logged more than 5,000 flying hours, including 460 combat hours. When not in uniform, he works as a captain at a commercial airline and a reserve police officer for a municipality in South Florida.

Jones will lead approximately 60 personnel responsible for providing initial and upgrade training for all active duty and Reserve C-5M Super Galaxy aircrew.