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New Brigade Commander Emphasizes Professional Development

Posted on: January 28, 2013 08:00 EST by MC2 Alexia Riveracorrea

Midshipman 1st Class Jennifer Jones is the spring semester brigade commander, selected after an intensive interview process by senior Naval Academy leaders to lead 4,500 of her peers as the highest ranking midshipmen.

Jones, of Alexandria, Va., is a Trident and Bowman Scholar with a 3.93 grade point average and was a finalist for the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. She is active in sports and community service, playing on the Naval Academy’s field hockey team and contributing to the Midshipman Action Group’s Girls on the Run program.

Jones said her leadership philosophy is primarily about developing in midshipmen respect for themselves, each other and the standards of the Naval Academy.

“I really want to promote the concept of servant leadership throughout every class and foster a professional environment,” she said. “I’ve worked at all levels of brigade leadership and this is an area where we can continue to grow.”

The academy’s professional environment is what originally attracted Jones to the academy. She felt that other schools didn’t develop the sense of unity and purpose she found here.

“I wanted a school where the mission and environment would drive my development to become a better person, and that’s what I saw here,” said Jones.

Once accepted, she was surprised and impressed by how much midshipman life challenged her.

“I underestimated the daily schedule, especially the academic rigor and physical demands. Trying to fit everything that needed to be done in one day was pretty tough, especially during Plebe year,” she said.

Now, as a senior looking forward to becoming a nuclear surface warfare officer after graduation, she is confident that coming to the academy was the best decision.

“The academy has given me so many opportunities and experiences that I never thought I would have,” said Jones. “I am honored to have been chosen as brigade commander, and I am committed to using my position to improve our academy and represent the bright and talented Brigade of Midshipmen to the rest of the nation.”

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