Colonel Jimmie Chaffin graduated from Henderson State University as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. For over 26-years, he distinguished himself in a wide variety of challenging command and staff assignments serving in six Army combat Divisions in Korea, Europe, Vietnam, and in the United States. He commanded troops at the platoon, company and battalion levels and served a volunteer detail to Infantry in Vietnam. Colonel Chaffin held several key positions which included Assistant Division Quartermaster and Brigade S-4, 1st Cavalry Division; Commander,1st Armored Division Supply & Transport Battalion; and G-4, 1st Cavalry Division.
Colonel Chaffin served as the Army Security Agency’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics. During his tenure, the Army Security Agency fielded numerous prototype ground and airborne collection systems, along with state-of-the-art non-standard equipment.
Colonel Chaffin’s last assignment was serving for five years as Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, US Army Security Agency (USASA), a Major Army Command with complex logistics. USASA presented the same logistics challenges of the other major Army commands plus the special effort required to provide, maintain and account for thousands of sensitive electronics items at unit level in the continental United States and overseas.
Colonel Chaffin is a Master Parachutist, a parachute rigger, a jungle expert and wears the Army Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his combat service in Vietnam.
After retirement, Colonel Chaffin entered the Presbyterian Seminary and received a Master of Divinity Degree from the Louisville Theological Seminary.