Caption: Jon Bird, left, with Gary Lindsey at a Peachtree Patriots program for Wreaths Across America.
Jon P. Bird, your new national vice-president, joined the IRS in 2001, where he has worked as a communications analyst for Wage & Investment, Communications & Liaison. In this role, Jon produces strategic communication plans, articles, photographs, intranet and Internet Web pages for clients throughout W&I. Now, as a Senior Program Analyst, Jon has a more active role in IRS.gov development and mentoring opportunities within C&L.
Jon’s military career began with Syracuse University's ROTC program. Jon graduated from the Signal Officers Basic School at Fort Gordon, Ga., served as a signal officer for USASTRATCOM at Camp Zama, Japan followed by combat tours in Vietnam with the First Signal Brigade , 160th Signal Group, where he ran the US Army's only combat photo unit, followed by commanding two telecommunication centers. He left active duty in 1971 and joined the Army Reserve. He next served as a message traffic engineer and public affairs officer for the 359th Signal Group, then later as commander of HHD, 5854h Civil Affairs unit, public affairs officer for IX Corps/US Army Japan, and communications-electronics officer for US Special Operations Command.
In 1991 Jon was mobilized at US Special Operations Command for Operation Desert Storm. Jon stayed on active duty, attended the US Army War College, then continued with communications-electronics and public affairs assignments including public affairs assignments with the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses and the Dept. of the Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds sexual misconduct issue.
Jon finished his 32-year Army Reserve career working as Chief, Host Nation Support for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Y2K effort and the Defense Information Systems Agency's Continuity of Operations Plans office. He retired with the rank of Colonel.
Jon's education includes a B.A. and M.A. degrees from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from Sophia University in Tokyo. He is also a graduate of the Command & General Staff College, the National Defense University and the US Army War College, plus multiple IRS-sponsored courses.
In addition to his military experience and current IRS position, Jon has worked as: vice-president for Far East Link Ltd., a small public relations and marketing communications firm; regional manager, NE Asia for the International Herald Tribune; product line manager for Pacific Stars & Stripes; associate editor, Motor Magazine International; and commercial editor, the Daily Yomiuri.
Jon is also a founding member of MOS and this will be his second tour as national vice-president. He is married to Yoshii Fujino. They both reside in Dunwoody, Georgia.