COL Jim Jenkins

Director of the Science and Technology, and Experiment Division
Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

Colonel Jim “Jinx” Jenkins, an AH-1 pilot, currently serves as the Director of the Science and Technology; Experimentation; and Rapid Capabilities Office Divisions at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, VA. Since receiving his commission in 1990, Jim has completed four Marine Expeditionary Unit deployments--conducting combat operations in Somalia, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Kosovo, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq--and deployed as part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) CARIB to conduct stability operations in Haiti. He commanded the “Gunrunners” of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 from May 2007 to May 2009, completing two additional deployments to Iraq, and simultaneously supporting operations in Afghanistan with part of his unit. He also commanded the “War Eagles” of Marine Aircraft Group 29 from May 2013 to June 2015, leading nine subordinate squadrons in supporting multiple global deployments.

As a staff officer, Jim has served in Operations, Training, Maintenance and Safety positions at the squadron and battalion level; as an operations officer at the Marine Corps’ Training Command; as a Standardization and Safety officer at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1; as a Pacific Command-focused operations officer on the Joint Staff; and as the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

Jim’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, two single mission Air Medals with Combat V, and a strike/flight Air Medal with numeral 9, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. Col Jenkins has completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, a Masters of Social Sciences degree from Syracuse University and a Masters of National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.