Shortly after graduating with her PhD in Psychology, Colonel Kaffia Jones flew out to Atlanta Georgia to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General by the U.S. Army. She is the first woman to attain that rank in the 335th Signal Command. Immediately following the ceremony, Brigadier General Jones was on another plane, this time to the Middle East.
Now the 3,200 soldiers and civilians in her command build, operate, maintain, and defend the military computer network in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf. She manages a budget of $450 million and provides network and key communication systems for coalition and joint commanders.
As a Saybrook student, Kaffia produced what Professor Eugene Taylor Taylor called “an outstanding dissertation” entitled “Expatriate Warrior: the experiences of World War II American veterans of African descent,” under faculty members Theopia Jackson, Zonya Johnson, and Charles Canaday.