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Michele S. Jones, President and CEO of The Bones Theory Group, LLC. Previously she was appointed under the Obama Administration as a member of the Senior Executive Service from July 2009-December 2012. She served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense White House Liaison. She was the Principal DoD contact with the Presidential Personnel Office, White House Military Office and the Principal DoD liaison for the White House Political Affairs Office, the White House Intergovernmental Affairs, and the President’s Council on Women and Girls. She also served as the Special Assistant and Senior Advisor to both the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD P&R) and the Principal Deputy (USD P&R). During this time, she was selected for a special detail to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and served as a Co-Lead for the President’s Veteran’s Employment Initiative and the First Lady’s Military Families Initiative.
She was appointed as the newly created Director of External Veterans/Military Affairs and Community Outreach developing strategies, operational plans, policies and issued pertinent guidelines and instructions for recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans and military spouses in support of the President’s Veterans Employment Initiative and the First Lady’s Military Families Initiative. Additionally, she served as the United States Office of Personnel Management liaison and representative on the First Lady’s Joining Forces Initiative.
In her military career, she was the 9th Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the Army Reserve from October 2002 through August 2006. She retired on March 1, 2007 after 25 years of service in both the active and reserve component. A career Soldier, Ms. Jones held many positions of leadership responsibility from squad leader, section leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant and Command Sergeant Major. She has served during every major contingency operation including - Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Restore Hope, Provide Comfort, Joint Endeavor , Nobel Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She toured extensively throughout Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, and Uzbekistan.
Some of her awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Parachutist Badge, German Army Forces Airborne Wings, and Royal Thai Airborne Wings.
Ms. Jones has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Cum Laude) in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University, a constituent Institution of the University of North Carolina. Additionally, she is a member of numerous advisory boards across the country.