Chief of Public Affairs
Brigadier General Omar J. Jones IV
Brig. Gen. Omar J. Jones assumed duties as the Chief of Public Affairs, July 11, 2017. In this position, he is responsible for all communication issues involving the United States Army including the professional development of military and civilian Public Affairs personnel. He is charged with the formulation of communication and public affairs strategies, plans and policies, and serves as the senior advisor to the secretary of the Army; chief of staff of the Army and other senior DOD leaders on communication matters relating to the Army.
Jones was commissioned in 1992 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Following basic officer training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. In this assignment, he led three platoons, served as a battalion staff officer, and deployed to the Mexican border in support of Joint Task Force 6, as well as to Panama for Operation Safe Haven. Next, he served on the staff for 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. In June 1998, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, as a rifle company commander and later as a Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander. During this assignment, he deployed with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, to Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Forge. After advanced civil schooling, Jones served as a strategist on the Army Staff. In 2004, Jones was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington, as the battalion operations officer. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and conducted combat operations in Baghdad, Fallujah, and Mosul. Upon redeployment, Jones was assigned as the executive officer for 1st Battalion, 5thInfantry Regiment. In April 2006, he was assigned as the brigade S3 for 1st Brigade Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. In June 2006, the brigade reflagged to the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment and restationed to Vilseck, Germany. Jones served as the regimental operations officer until the summer of 2007 when he was assigned as the regimental executive officer and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served as the regimental deputy commanding officer upon redeployment. Jones commanded 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, from January 2009 to July 2011 and deployed to Afghanistan in support Operation Enduring Freedom. Jones commanded 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division from July 2012 to June 2014 and deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Following his brigade command assignment, he served as the executive officer to the commanding general, U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. His most recent assignment was as the deputy commanding general for Operations of the 7th Infantry Division (Task Force Bayonet) at Joint Base Lewis - McChord, Washington.
Jones is a graduate of Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and Command and General Staff College. Additionally, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Operations Research from the U.S. Military Academy, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
Jones is currently serving as the chief of public affairs of the United States Army.