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Jenkins and Jenkins retire

Sgt. First Class Carlos Jenkins and Master Sgt. Robert Jenkins, both natives of Charlotte Courthouse, have retired from the U.S. Armed Services after 20 years of service.

Sgt. First Class Jenkins served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, and retired as a transportation adviser, trainer, coach and observer at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst AFB, New Jersey. He assisted 77 partnered organization stationed in 13 states in the northeast regions of the U.S., as the subject matter expert in logistics planning, preparation, execution, aerial resupply, helicopter operations, and evaluation of realistic training within the guidelines and standard of the U.S. Army.

Sgt. First Class Jenkins enlisted into the Army Reserve June 23, 1993 and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Upon graduation from Randolph Henry High School, he enlisted into active duty Army.

SFC Jenkins was the 1,897 soldier to receive the Major General Aubrey “Red” Newman Leadership Award in the Army’s 243 years of history. He also was awarded The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, The Honorable Order of Saint Christopher, recognized by the White House Transportation Agency, Secretary of Defense, the 14th Command Sergeant Major of the Army, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Accommodation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, President Unit Citation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with three stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal with one Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Pathfinder Badge and Master Driver Trainer Qualification Badge.

Master Sgt. Jenkins served in the U.S Air Force for 20 years, and was the superintendent of the 91st Air Refueling Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He was the senior enlisted adviser to Commander on operational and functional issues affecting 125 personnel. He was responsible for ensuring aircrews were trained and qualified for execution of the unit’s global aerial refueling and nuclear readiness.

Master Sgt. Jenkins enlisted in the Air Force Nov. 25, 1998 after graduating from Randolph Henry High School. He completed USAF Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

During Master Sgt. Jenkins’s career, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.