Sharmine Jones enlisted in the service in 1997 while in college. After completing her degree at Jackson State University, Mrs. Jones headed to Officer Candidate School in 2001. Upon commissioning she was assigned to Coast Guard Aviation Training Center (ATC) Mobile, AL as an Admin Officer and Project Manager. After a short stint at ATC Mobile- Mrs. Jones transferred to Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Mobile and completed the demanding marine inspector developmental program to serve as a Port State Control officer. In addition to the demanding training requirements she served as the Assistant Port State Control Branch Chief and Vessel Arrival’s Branch Chief. She also volunteered as program manager for the defunct Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program and brought the unit into compliance with EEO/EO directives and policies. During the course of her duty MSU Mobile, became Sector Mobile exponentially increasing her responsibilities as the EEO program manager to provide direction and support to sub-units Collateral duty Civil Rights and ensured EEO/EO directives were implemented across three states.

In 2007, Mrs. Jones transferred to Coast Guard Headquarters where she administered national policy for over 9200 foreign vessels that arrive annually to the U.S. Her tour at CG headquarters included stints as Port Security Intelligence Specialist-Foreign where she served a delegate and assessed the effectiveness of anti-terrorism measures in foreign ports that are maritime trading partners with the U.S. and those countries that could possibly pose a risk to international maritime commerce and the supply chain. In 2013, she left active duty and joined the reserves. In 2021, Mrs. Jones separated from the reserves.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, Mrs. Jones also has a passion for writing and publishes under S.N.M. Jones. As a child, she loved reading and writing and wrote her first short story in third grade. Currently, she has several books available to include her latest and first non-fiction Black Women Need Love Too; A Book About Relationships, Self-Love and Community.

S.N.M Jones has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters in Human Services specializing in Social and Community Program. She actively volunteers in the community and is a Founding member of Impact100 Global Veterans. She also sits on the board for Tomorrow’s Cultivating Youth (TCYouth), Inc and currently serves as the 2nd Vice President and Volunteer Director. TCYouth Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving the youth, by bringing awareness to the necessary financial, social and educational tools needed to survive beyond high school. The org motto is “It takes a village.” She currently resides in Virginia with her husband, son, niece and dog, Freedom.