Lieutenant Commander Landon L. Jones was killed when his MH-60s Nighthawk Helicopter, working in conjunction with the destroyer William P. Lawrence, crashed into the Red Sea. Lieutenant Commander Jones was a member of the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 based out of Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California.

A graduate of Cabrillo High School in 1997, Lieutenant Commander Jones enrolled at the Naval Academy and was commissioned in 2001. He also attended flight training school in Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to his assignment to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6, Lieutenant Commander Jones served on assignments in Japan and San Diego. He returned briefly to Florida to serve in a helicopter training unit, and then was moved to serve in a Helicopter Marine Strike Squad in San Diego and Jacksonville. In 2012, Lieutenant Commander Jones moved to Naval Air Station North Island.

During his service, Lieutenant Commander Jones won many awards. He was awarded with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Navy “E” Ribbon, and the National Defense Medal.

Lieutenant Commander Jones is survived by his wife Theresa, sons Anthony and Hunter, mom Debbi, father Larry and brother Nolan.

The Travis Manion Foundation honored LCDR Landon L. Jones through the Character Does Matter program presented during the USNA’s Summer Seminar and USNA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp for rising 11th graders.

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