Letter of recomendation from General Jones:
April 25, 2010
To whom it may concern,
My name is General Jim Jones. I am a retired Marine Corps officer, former Commandant of the Marine Corps (1999-2003), and former Supreme Commander Allied Powers, Europe (2003-2006). During the period 1992-1994 I was a Brigadier General and was assigned to the U.S. European Command in Europe.
One of my missions was to serve as Chief of Staff of Joint Task Force Provide Promise, the headquarters of our national
effort in the Balkans during the difficult times in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, and
Kosovo. Senior Airman Janel Norton was assigned to the JTF as part of our Combat Camera operation in the region.
Janel Norton was exceptional in many ways, the first being her highly developed sense of
responsibility, and a tenacity to see complex and often dangerous assignments through to their final conclusion. She was relied upon to carry out her duties with minimal supervision and always gave me confidence in the knowledge that if she was handling things they would be done very well. These were not easy times and we needed top
performers at every position; Janel was such a performer. She accompanied me on every
trip to the region, faithfully and reliably capturing important events which, in turn, helped to shape our national policy with regard to the war torn region that the Balkans had become.
Admired and respected by all who knew and observed her, Janel’s skills and utility came to attention of the United Nations mission in Zagreb, Croatia at about the time her service agreement with the Air force was coming to a close. She went to work for the U.N. after leaving active duty and performed spectacularly, rendering a very valuable service to her new employer for an extended period of time until she returned to the U.S.
In addition to being highly gifted professionally, Janel has always represented the best example of what is desired regarding teamwork, loyalty, and dedication. She is very popular within her peer group, and has a nice word to say to everyone all of the time. She is cheerful and always finds the time to encourage the performance of others who do not possess her quiet strength.
I consider her to one of the best people to have worn our nation’s uniform, regardless of
service affiliation, and it is an honor to be able to send you these observations which I
hope you will find to be useful. She is a real “star”, and I recommend her to you without
any reservation whatsoever.
James L Jones
U.S. National Security Advisor
General, Us Marines (Ret)