Jenkins named 2022 Civilian Marine of the Year
Published 10:00 am Thursday, March 16, 2023
Sergeant First Class (Ret.) Carlos A. Jenkins, a native of Charlotte Court House, has been named the 2022 Civilian Marine of the Year for the Headquarters Service Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic, Marine Forces Command, Marine Forces Northern Command based in Hampton Roads.
Jenkins was recognized for superior performance in the execution of his duties while serving as a travel support coordinator. He was previously awarded the Civil Marine of the Fourth Quarter for his work ethic and contributions. Jenkins aggressively and successfully found ways to improve practices and procedures, and his excellent managerial skills and efficiency have allowed travelers to execute their missions in a timely manner. He was an integral part of the preparation and successful completion of the Inspector General inspection.
Jenkins was selected by a panel from amongst the fiscal year 2022 Civilian Marines of the Quarter as the Civilian Marine of the Year. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Brian W. Cavanaugh presented the command 2022 Civilian Marine of the Year award to Jenkins on Jan. 26.
“It means a lot from a man who grew up in a small town to receive this recognition and to be able to help military service members and civilians across the globe,” said Jenkins. “I am honored to continue to do my part to protect and serve this great nation.”
Jenkins served in the U.S. Army for 24 years before retiring. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1993. Upon graduation from Randolph Henry High School, he enlisted in the active-duty Army and climbed through the ranks.
Jenkins was among the 1,897 soldiers to receive the Major General Aubrey “Red” Newman Leadership Award. He also was awarded The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, The Honorable Order of Saint Christopher, recognized by the White House Transportation Agency, the 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. He completed three tours to Iraq and one tour to Afghanistan.