Director of Science, Technology and Experiment Divisions Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
Colonel James T. Jenkins graduated from Cornell University. Following The Basic School and flight school he was designated a Naval Aviator and reported to HML/A-269 at MCAS New River.
In his first tour with the Gunrunners, he completed two Mediterranean deployments and deployed as part of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) CARIB. Upon completion of Amphibious Warfare School, he was assigned as the Air Officer for Battalion Landing Team 1/6. Captain Jenkins later served as the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force until May 2001. Major Jenkins returned to the Gunrunners, then was assigned as HML/A Detachment OIC and Operations Officer for Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 (Rein) and completed a deployment with the 24th MEU. In August 2003, Major Jenkins reported for duty at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One. After serving on the staff of 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Lieutenant Colonel Jenkins assumed command of HML/A-269 and completed two combat deployments with the Gunrunners. He gave up command in May 2009, and was assigned as a student to the U.S. Army War College. After serving on the Joint Staff (J3), PACOM, he received orders to Training Command in Quantico, VA. From May of 2013 to June of 2015, Colonel Jenkins was the commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group 29. He now serves as the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab’s Science and Technology Director.
Colonel Jenkins holds master’s degrees from Syracuse University and the U.S. Army War College. His personal decorations 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.