Randy Jones: Sky Solider

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The Jones family moved to Stonewall County in Covered wagons four generations ago. They were salty, tough individuals in a rough part of the country. Randy Jones was no exception to the family lineage.

He was big and scrappy like his grandfather, who was a Stonewall County Sheriff in the 1950s, and he was smart and detail-oriented like his father, who oversaw some of the most complex bridge and highway construction projects in the state. These would be the ingredients the US Army would use to build Jones into one of the most elite soldiers in the world.

As a student, Jones did well in academics and sports and earned a scholarship to Hill Junior College upon graduating high school. His parents thought he would, no doubt, transfer to Texas A&M University after two years where he would probably pursue a career in the field of engineering.

Young Randy Jones, however, had no defined educational goal. Although he had a propensity for math and science, he was uninterested in other courses. “It took me forever to get through freshman English,” said Jones, and after two... years at college, he had decided higher education was not for him.

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