SBIRS CRE renamed in honor of fallen wingman

Family, friends and co-workers attend a ceremony to officially rename the Space-Based Infrared System Crisis Response Element to the Lt. Col. (USAF, Ret.) Jay P. Jones, Jr. Mission Planning Room Aug. 22, 2017 on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Jones served 23 years in the Air Force as a space operations officer and played a significant role in the success of the SBIRS program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Deatherage/Released)

Col. (Ret.) Robert D. Gibson, friend and preceding co-worker of Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jay P. Jones, gives a speech during a ceremony at the Mission Control Station Aug. 22, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The ceremony dedicated the official renaming of the Space-Based Infrared System Crisis Response Element to the Lt. Col. (USAF, Ret.) Jay P. Jones, Jr. Mission Planning Room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Deatherage/Released)

Family of Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jay P. Jones, Jr., reveal a plaque dedicated to him during a ceremony at the Mission Control Center Aug. 22, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The ceremony honored Jones, who passed away in March, by renaming the Space-Based Infrared System Crisis Response Element to the Lt. Col. (USAF, Ret.) Jay P. Jones, Jr. Mission Planning Room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Deatherage/Released)

Col. David Miller, Jr., 460th Space Wing commander, Brandon Jones and Pam Jones stand next to the Defense Support Program satellite and a plaque of the late Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jay P. Jones Aug. 22, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Jones, who passed away in March, is survived by his wife and three sons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Deatherage/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Family, friends and co-workers attend a ceremony to officially rename the Space-Based Infrared System Crisis Response Element to the Lt. Col. (USAF, Ret.) Jay P. Jones, Jr. Mission Planning Room Aug. 22, 2017 on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Jones served 23 years in the Air Force as a space operations officer and played a significant role in the success of the SBIRS program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jake Deatherage/Released)