Fort Benning

Fort Benning to welcome new infantry chief Brig. Gen. Peter Jones

Ben Wright

Brig. Gen. Peter L. Jones
Brig. Gen. Peter L. Jones

Nearly three months after the infantry chief was reassigned, Fort Benning welcomes Brig. Gen. Peter L. Jones as the 56th chief of infantry during a Monday ceremony at Fort Benning.

 The event is set for 3 p.m. at McGinnis-Wickam Hall. Jones assumes the duties after serving recently as the director of Future Plans, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, North Atlantic Organization, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

 Jones takes the position formerly held by Maj. Gen. James Rainey, who left the post in early July. Rainey recently assumed command of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga. He also assumed command of the U.S. National Support Element and deputy commanding general of support in Afghanistan. 

 Jones is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he was commissioned an infantry officer. He has served in a number of staff and leadership positions in the continental United States and overseas.

 Some of his awards include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Expert Infantryman Badge. He also was presented the Pathfinder Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.