By Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach
FORT MEADE, Md. – Seaman Denzel Jones, a native of South Euclid, serves at the Defense Information School, the premier communications learning institution critical to the success of public affairs professionals in the Department of Defense, United States government United and international partners.
Jones attended Charles F. Brush High School and Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy. He graduated in 2013. Today, Jones uses skills and values similar to those learned at South Euclid.
“Growing up, I learned that having a strong community around you means you can do anything,” Jones said.
These lessons continue to help Jones while serving in the military.
For the past 55 years, DINFOS has trained communicators across the Department of Defense to help their organizations achieve strategic and operational goals through applied public affairs strategies and visual information products. Courses offered by DINFOS include digital multimedia, joint contingency public affairs, broadcast journalism, graphic design and more.
Serving in the Navy means Jones is part of a team that takes on new importance in the United States’ focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support national defense strategy.
“The Navy ensures that my wife, my daughter and our newcomer can sleep soundly at night,” Jones said.
With more than 90% of all commerce traveling by sea, and 95% of global telephone and Internet traffic carried by fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the America’s prosperity and security depend directly on a strong and ready navy.
Serving in the military is a family tradition for Jones.
“My father, Franklin Atterberry, Jr., served in the military and instilled discipline and a sense of responsibility in my brothers and me,” Jones said. “My brother, Franklin Atterberry, III, is in Air Force boot camp right now.”
Jones and the Sailors with whom they serve have many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during their military service.
“I’m proud to have finished training camp,” Jones said.
As Jones and other Sailors continue to train and complete the missions assigned to them, they are proud to serve their country in the United States Navy.
“For me, serving in the Navy means I get better,” Jones added. “That means I can do whatever I want because I’m an American sailor.”