Barbados-born Officer makes grade in US Army: “Breaking barriers, making history”

{Editor’s Note: The eyes of Texas are upon you, let’s say thanks to one of the Lone Star’s Yellow Roses, Dorma for this tip!} Raised in St Lucia, with her navel-string buried here in Barbados, Coral J. Jones achieves a promotion few Afro-Americans far less female members of the US Army see;-

{Photo credit - Paul D. Prince (U.S. Army Forces Command HQ)} Chief Warrant Officer 5 Coral J. Jones is pinned with chief warrant officer five rank by U.S. Army Installation Management Command Executive Director John B. Nerger and Derrick Jones, her husband, during a promotion ceremony at the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) headquarters Oct. 1, 2010. Jones became the first African-American female to earn the rank of chief warrant officer five within the active Army Adjutant General Corps.

Who would have known 28 years ago when I enlisted in the Army that my accomplishments would afford me the opportunity to achieve this milestone in Army history,” said Jones, who is assigned to the FORSCOM G-1.

John B. Nerger, U.S. Army Installation Management Command executive director, hosted Friday’s promotion ceremony and spoke of his experience of working with Jones and exalted her accomplishments.

I was touched in my career by Chief Jones.’ She is about as people oriented as somebody could be; perfect for the AG Corps,” Nerger said. “I am here to pay her homage, and there is nothing more important we can be doing this afternoon.”

The Army has chosen in good judgment to promote her, and (the Army) believes that she will be successful at a higher grade,” he explained. “(The Army) wants her-and expects her-to produce further accomplishments at this level.”

Nerger said that the day was a great one for the Army Family at large, and the Army Family should be proud of Jones’ accomplishments.

When one of us succeeds, all of us succeed,” he exclaimed.

This the second time in almost as many months that Bajan by name of Jones has advanced in ranks – the other was a Police Officer in New York who apprehended a potential robber at a hair salon while off duty in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and the now-detective prefers to be called “Jonesy,” things which make you say “Waaaait?” in true Bajan fashion…

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  1. This is HISTORY, so ROLL OUT the red Carpet for this amazing lady.

    First African American Woman Chief warrant officer. She may be on her way to even to higher ranks even.

    Congrats to CHIEF JONES! Quite Impressive first of all for a female in the military but also she is from Barbados. Look at her decorations all earned!

    I have met some really powerful women from this country Barbados who when they fall off that horse , dust their boots and get right on riding like a warrior cowgirl blazing trails with a gust for glory as we say in Texas…

    I wish I had this kind of strength like CHIEF JONES…


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