FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The first African American female to be promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 5 in the Army Adjutant General Corps, Coral Jones, will be the guest speaker during next month's Women's History Month luncheon.

Jones spent 12 years in the enlisted ranks and was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 5 in 2010. She is scheduled to share her experiences in the military during the annual Women's History Month luncheon, which takes place at 11:30 a.m., March 23 at the Solomon Center. Music and a slide presentation will also be part of the event's activities.

"It's important to celebrate Women's History Month because women have made many significant achievements and continue to contribute to the many global goals," Jones said. "My message will be in keeping with this year's theme: Women's Education, Women's Empowerment."

Sgt. 1st Class James Walters, equal opportunity adviser for Moncrief Army Community Hospital, said the purpose of Women's History Month is to ensure that the history of women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces and communities throughout the country.

"The stories of women's historic achievements present an expanded view on the complexity and fulfillment of living a purposeful life," Walters said.

Jones was born in Barbados, West Indies, and raised in St. Lucia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management from Saint Leo University and an Associates of Arts Degree in General Education from Central Texas College. She enlisted in the Army at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico in 1981 as a personnel records specialist and was appointed as a warrant officer in 1994. She served in a myriad of challenging assignments and worked several levels of command: Company, battalion, brigade, division and MACOM to include United States Army Europe; Taszar, Hungary; Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk; Allied Forces Southern Europe, Italy; Headquarters, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command; 160th Signal Brigade, Kuwait; and Headquarters, United States Army Forces Command.

Jones also served as rear detachment commander, Detachment Bravo, 55th Personnel Services Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany, and detachment commander, Detachment Bravo, 5th Personnel Services Battalion, Fort Polk, La.

Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Jones is married and has two children.

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