Grambling alumna moves up in military rank

Lieutenant Colonel (Select) Krisa-Lana Carter Jones, a 1985 journalism graduate of Grambling State University, graduated from the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) School at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala., Sept. 11.
Jones, a native of Grambling, is now the Staff Judge Advocate for the 164th Airlift Wing, Memphis, a reserve component of the U.S Air Force. JAG officers are military attorneys who perform duties prescribed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) pursuant to the Manual for Courts-Martial of the United States. JAGs advise commanders and senior staff prepare and provide legal opinions and decisions necessary for efficient and effective discharge of the mission of the United States Air Force.

Some of her duties are to render legal advice on all phases of Air Force operations, including international law, operations law, procurement, government contracts, claims, environmental law, patents, litigation, and allied legal matters. In addition, JAGs prepare and present briefs and oral arguments on behalf of the United States Air Force before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Supreme Court.

A GSU alumna who earned her officer commission via its Air Force ROTC Program, Jones holds a master’s of mass communications degree from The University of South Carolina, a Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis and is currently completing doctoral studies in Rhetoric at the University of Memphis. She is also a communication department faculty member at the University of Memphis.

Jones was certified as government trial counsel upon graduation and represents the United States in civil and criminal proceedings. Jones will assist the Department of Justice in preparation and litigation of cases in which the Air Force has an interest. She is a member of the state bar, the bars of the Air Force Courts of Appeals and Criminal Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

She is the daughter of retired GSU Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Emeritus Dr. Lamore J. Carter and retired GSU English instructor Lena J. Carter. She is married to Jeffrey A. Jones. They have two children; Lauryn, a senior at GSU and Reginald Lamore, a senior at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis.