Biden taps Fil-Am veteran intel officer for Air Force undersecretary post

United States President Joe Biden has nominated Filipino-American Gina Ortiz Jones for the position of Under Secretary of the Air Force, Department of Defense.

According to White House release, Jones, a member of the LGBTQ community, was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program at Boston University.

She served as an Air Force intelligence officer and deployed to Iraq with the 18th Air Support Operations Group supporting close air support operations, the White House added.

“Upon separation from the Air Force, Ms. Jones advised on military operations in Central and South America with the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade and U.S. Army South,” the White House added. “She joined the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as an inaugural member of U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany and served in the Libya Crisis Intelligence Cell.”

“Following an assignment as the Special Advisor to the DIA Deputy Director, Ms. Jones was detailed to the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center to serve as the Intelligence Community’s Senior Advisor for trade enforcement. She joined the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as a Director for Investment leading the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) portfolio,” it added.

Jones also served as the Democratic nominee for Texas’s 23rd Congressional District in 2018 and 2020.

“She has advanced degrees from Boston University, the University of Kansas, and the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies,” the White House said.