In Gear Career Welcomes New Board Members

In Gear Career is pleased to welcome new Board members Mike Darling and Major General Michael Jones, U.S. Army Retired.


General Jones is an independent business consultant residing in Tampa, FL, and a member of The SPECTRUM Group, an Alexandria, VA, based consulting company.   His clients include a variety of businesses and government organizations including energy, medical, radio-geophysics, and armored vehicle component companies, as well as state organizations in Virginia and Florida.  He served over 34 years in the United States Army in a wide variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Europe, and Middle East.  His service included tours as a Deputy Director for Strategic Plans and Policy in the Pentagon, the Director of Operations and then Chief of Staff of U.S. Central Command, and two combat tours in Iraq and one tour to Bosnia.  He has a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  He is married to Patricia Jones, a systems analyst for DST Systems Inc.


Mike Darling is a Military Spouse and works as a program examiner at the Office of Management andBudget (OMB) Homeland Security Branch.  He was also detailed to work in the office of the Deputy Secretary of State for Management as an advisor to the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.  Previously, Mike was a Senior Management Consultant at Wittenberg Weiner Consulting working on Navy security operations in Europe and the Middle East.  Mike served on active duty with the Marine Corps in a variety of leadership assignments and continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve, most recently mobilized to U.S. Forces Afghanistan.  He is a graduate of Wayne State College, Nebraska, and earned his Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  He is married to Lieutenant Commander Julie Darling, a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps officer.




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