Gen. David C. Jones, 92, chairman of the Joint Chiefs during Carter, Reagan administrations
By The Associated Press August 15, 2013 12:26AM
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. David Jones (left) watches as Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in November 1981. | Sun-Times files
Updated: September 17, 2013 8:11AM
POTOMAC FALLS, Va. — Gen. David C. Jones, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Carter and Reagan administrations, has died at 92.
The general’s son, David Curtis Jones, said Wednesday that his father died Saturday at a military retirement community in Potomac Falls, Va. He had Parkinson’s disease.
The New York Times reported that Mr. Jones served longer than any predecessor on the Joint Chiefs, first as the Air Force chief of staff and then as chairman from 1978 to 1982.
He helped set in motion a sweeping reorganization of the nation’s military command, though his tenure was also marked by the failed 1980 mission to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran.
A native of Aberdeen, S.D., Mr. Jones served as a bomber pilot during the Korean War.