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Alumni Profile

Eric Jones

Eric Jones, SF ’05

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle

  • Captains Eagle, the only square-rigger in U.S. government service
  • First encountered Eagle when he was 11 years old
  • Taught courses in mathematics and leadership at the Coast Guard Academy and was a workforce and operations reviewer at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington

The 73-year-old tall ship Eagle might be one of the most elegant sailing vessels on the high seas, but for U.S. Coast Guard Captain Eric Jones it's a proving ground for 21st-century leaders. Jones took command of the 295-foot three-masted tall ship this summer—the only square-rigger flying the Stars and Stripes.

Onboard, Jones oversees a transformative professional development experience that gives future Coast Guard officers the chance to put into practice the navigation, engineering, and professional theory they have learned in the classroom. He commands a permanent crew of six officers and 50 enlisted personnel who maintain the ship and provide a strong base of knowledge and seamanship for the 150 cadets and officer candidates undergoing training.

Jones has spent his life preparing for this command. With a BA in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, an MA in Applied Mathematics and Fluid Dynamics from Brown University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan, he worked his way up from deck watch officer and first lieutenant on board the Coast Guard cutter Venturous to executive officer on the cutter Harriet Lane. He taught courses in mathematics and leadership at the Coast Guard Academy and was a workforce and operations reviewer at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington. Before taking the helm of Eagle, he served for two years as Deputy Chief of the Office of Congressional and Government Affairs at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington.

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