Captain Clovis Jones

Captain Clovis Jones, Jr. is the current President and CEO of Pinnacle Peak Management Group, LLC, current Vice President of the Arizona Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopters Pilots Association, Inc. (VHPA) and Vice President, United States Army Black Aviation Association, Inc.; and former Vice President of Mentoring, On Wings of Eagles Foundation, Inc.; former Vice President Western Region, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI); former President, Archer– Ragsdale Arizona Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.; and, former President of The Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Inc. (OBAP) now known as the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Inc.

Under his leadership, OBAP made great strides in advancing and enhancing the participation of African Americans and other minorities in various aviation career fields, especially pilots. During his presidency, he proposed a plan that would have 10,000 African American pilots employed by the airlines by the year 2020. Captain Jones has also served as OBAP Vice President, Secretary, and Convention Chairman. He has conducted several Aviation Career Education Academy Camps (Ace Camps) and participated in various Summer Flight Academies. His public speaking appearances to advance youth participation in aviation have included schools, colleges, radio and television appearances. He is currently living in Scottsdale, AZ where his business is located.

Captain Jones is a retired MD-11/ MD-10 Captain with FedEx Express, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee with over 11,800 flight hours. He was a FedEx pilot for almost 22 years and held the positions of Second Officer Boeing 727, First Officer DC-10, and Captain Boeing 727. Prior to accepting his position at FedEx, Captain Jones held positions as a fixed wing and helicopter Pilot for Hughes Helicopters, Flight Test Department, a division of the Summa Corporation headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada working on the AH-64 (Apache) Attack Helicopter Program (now Boeing Helicopters, Mesa, Arizona); Corporate Pilot for Xerox Corporation; Second Officer for Western Airlines (which is now part of Delta Air Lines); and First Officer for Air California (which is now part of American Airlines).

Captain Jones is a Morehouse College alumni; a graduate of the Global Leadership Certificate Program, and Finance for Global Managers Programs at Thunderbird School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. Captain Jones received his initial flight training in the U.S. Army, is a Vietnam Veteran with two tours of duty, serving the first as an Airborne Infantryman with the 1st Air Cavalry Division experiencing combat during the famed Pleiku Campaign and Ia Drang Valley Battles with the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airborne), the second tour as an Attack Helicopter Pilot and Instructor Pilot flying the Huey Gunship and Cobra Attack Helicopter with the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Battalion, 77th Aerial Rocket Artillery Battalion. He retired from military service as a dual rated Master Army Aviator with the rank of Major and is the recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star, 20 Air Medals with one “V” Device (the ‘V’ Device was awarded for saving a firebase from being overrun during the middle of the night), two Army Commendation Medals, the Presidential Unit Citation and several other awards, decorations, and commendations. His 46-year aviation career includes nine years of active Army duty, sixteen years of Army National Guard aviation service; and the remainder as a private, corporate and professional airline pilot. Born and reared in Dawson, Georgia, Captain Jones has one son. His hobbies include golf, hiking, music, photography, reading, world travel, and various other sports including rugby.

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