The 2011 General Creighton W. Abrams Medal for exceptional service to the United States Army was awarded to Lieutenant General Donald W. Jones, United States Army, Retired, for his outstanding service to America’s Army.
General Jones served in the Army for more than thirty years before retiring in 1991. During his time in the Army, he served as the Chief of Staff, Field Artillery Center and School, Assistant Division Commander, 1st Cavalry Division, Commanding General, USA Total Personnel Agency, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Manpower and Personnel Policy.
Over the course of his distinguished military career, General Jones has received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
Upon retiring from the Army, General Jones went to work with the American Red Cross as a vice president and senior vice president handling disaster relief and chapter services before returning to Texas and devoting his full attention to volunteer support for Soldiers and our Army.
Before Fort Hood had Tragedy Assistance for Survivors, Family Readiness and other programs aimed at supporting our Soldiers and their families, General Jones recognized the strains placed on families when their loved ones go to war, when they don’t come back and when they come back changed by their deployments. He resolved to do something about the problem.
Driving back and forth across Texas and bouncing between coasts, General Jones garnered support and funding to make these services a reality. As an outspoken advocate, he has singlehandedly directed more than $2 million from donors toward these services in an effort to speed up their deployment to the Fort Hood area.
General Jones is currently involved with the Volt Military Heroes Program, an initiative that seeks to place retiring, transitioning and homeless veterans, as well as military spouses and Gold Star survivors, into productive employment. His efforts have been instrumental in linking the initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Hire America’s Heroes, a nonprofit group focusing on educating employers about the value of hiring veterans and helping institutions of higher learning better tailor their programs to the needs of veterans.
General Jones has also been active in AUSA for many years. He has previously served as Fort Hood Chapter president and Fourth Region president, and he continues to participate with the Fort Hood Chapter as a member of its Board of Governors. His efforts to advance the values and goals of the association benefited from the same drive and conviction that General Jones has poured into all of his work to benefit the Soldiers of our nation.
In recognition of his exceptional service to the U.S. Army and its Soldiers, the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the General Creighton W. Abrams Medal to Lieutenant General Donald W. Jones, United States Army, Retired, on the tenth day of October, two thousand eleven.