Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) J. P. (John Paul) Jones, an Alabama native, was drafted into the U.S. Army in August 1969. He received his commission in July 1970 as a Signal Corps officer. In April 1973 he branch transferred to the Army Finance Corps, in which he served until January 1993. His assignments encompass duty with both the 3d Infantry Division and the 1st Infantry Division as well as post in the United States, Germany and Korea. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster as well as others. He is a Certified Public Accountant. J.P. recently completed tenure as the Executive Administrative Manager for the just completed Hartsfield-Jackson Development Program at the Atlanta airport. Following those duties, he assumed the role as the Project Accountant for an international engineering and consulting company that is the Program Manager for the next expansion at the Atlanta airport, ATLNEXT.