A former Marine Corps commandant, with strong ties to Jacksonville, has been named President-elect Obama's new national security adviser.
Retired General Jim Jones served at Camp Lejeune twice during his career. First as commander of the 24th Marine Expediationary Unit, and then as commanding general of the 2nd Marine Division.
President-elect Barack Obama told reporters at a Chicago news conference this morning that Jones would prove a skilled national security adviser. He
praised Jones' experience, having served the country "in uniform and as a diplomat."
Noting that generations of the Jones' family have served the country, Obama said Jones "has commanded a platoon in battle, served as supreme allied commander in a time of war and worked on behalf of peace in the Middle East."
Jones says he's deeply humbled to have been asked to serve during what he called challenging times. He said national security in the 21st century has a broader scope and he sees the role as helping to make the world a better place.