Colonel Jenks was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps, United States Army, through the ROTC program at the University of Kansas and was detailed as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Master of Arts degree in Education from East Carolina University, and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University. Colonel Jenks is a graduate of the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course, Training with Industry (McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Division), the Army Management Staff College, the Air Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His past assignments include: Firing Platoon Leader, Hawk Battery, 1-44th Air Defense Artillery Battalion, Kunsan, Korea; Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Company Commander, 407th Supply and Service Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also had assignments as a Petroleum Officer, Logistics Staff Officer and Material Management Center Operations Officer, 2nd Support Command, Nellingen, Germany; Assistant Inspector General for Training and Logistics, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas; Deputy Director of Supply, Anniston Army Depot, Anniston, Alabama; Director of Logistics and Combat Support Squadron Executive Officer, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fulda, Germany; G4, United States Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Logistics Staff Officer, J4, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. Colonel Jenks’ assignments include Commander, 262nd Quartermaster Battalion, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade; Chief, Office of the Quartermaster General and the Commander, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade, Fort Lee, Virginia. His 29 year career culminated with his assignment as the Acting Commander, United States Army Quartermaster Center and School, Fort Lee, Virginia. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with Bronze oak leaf cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service medal (with Silver and Bronze oak leafs) Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with Bronze oak leaf), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Master Parachutist Wings and Australian Jump Wings.
US Army Quartermaster Corps
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