138th Operations Support Squadron Change of Command

Colonel Scott Stratton, 138th Operations Group Commander, presides over the Change of Command Ceremony, as Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Jones assumes command of the 138th Operations Support Squadron from Lieutenant Colonel Rustan Schwichtenberg. Chief Master Sergeant Lori Glazier assists with ceremony, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013.  (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sergeant Preston Chasteen/Released)

Colonel Scott Stratton, 138th Operations Group Commander, presides over the Change of Command Ceremony, as Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Jones assumes command of the 138th Operations Support Squadron from Lieutenant Colonel Rustan Schwichtenberg. Chief Master Sergeant Lori Glazier assists with ceremony, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sergeant Preston Chasteen/Released)

138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa Air National Guard -- Lt Col Jones assumes command of the Operations Support Squadron, which provides critical support to the flying mission of the 125th Fighter Squadron. His vision for the future of the Operations Support Squadron is supporting and preparing the Fighter Squadron for their war time tasking while seamlessly integrating other parts of the squadron. A few of the challenges he faces, as the new commander, would be the large amount of new pilots returning from training this year, the re-construction of the ramp, and the sun shades project for the existing aircraft. He stated, "I am continuously impressed with the professionalism, dedication and excellence that the men and women, of the Operations Support Squadron, demonstrate on a daily basis."

Lt Col Jones enlisted in the Air National Guard in January 1989 and received his commission from the Academy of Military Science in February 1994. He graduated from Undergraduate pilot training at Vance AFB in March 1995 as a Distinguished Graduate, earning the AETC Commander's Trophy, Flying Training Award and the Order of Daedalians Award. Lt Col Jones flew operationally in the Texas Air National Guard and joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 1999, deploying to Northern and Southern Watch Operations. Lt Col Jones served as an F-16 instructor pilot in the F-16 School House at Lackland AFB until June 2012, upon which he rejoined the Oklahoma Air National Guard and was previously Chief of Standards and Evaluations, with more than 2200 hours in the F-16 and over 7500 hours total time. In his civilian life, Lt Col Jones is an American Airlines flight test pilot in the Boeing 777 aircraft.

In his off time he enjoys spending time with his wife, two young daughters, and extended family in Glenpool, OK.