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Andersen Airman nominated for DoD African American History Month Recognition Award

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  • By Senior Airman Nichelle Griffiths
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
An Airman from the 736th Security Forces Squadron was recently nominated to represent Team Andersen for this year's Department of Defense African America History Month Recognition Award.

The DoD African American History Month Recognition Award honors military men and women who have supported the global war on terror and demonstrated role model qualities and the core values of their respective service. 

Airman Jenkins displayed outstanding service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Camp Bucca, Iraq, Operation Enduring Freedom in Al Mubarak AB, Kuwait, and Operation Caring Response in support of Myanmar relief efforts. 

"Airman Jenkins is one that we can always count on to get the job done', said Staff Sgt. Sean Williams, squad fire team leader. 

During his deployment to Camp Bucca, Iraq, Airman Jenkins was responsible for the safety of 53 Airmen and 23 tactical vehicles during small arms and mortar attacks against installation seized over 250 items of contraband and much more. His outstanding performance earned him an Army combat patch. 

"He is doing work above and beyond what's expected of him and he sets the example for all of his peers", Sergeant Williams said. 

On another deployment in support of the Myanmar relief efforts, Airman Jenkins loaded and protected over 600 tons of cargo, aided over 300,000 victims, conducted Fly-Away Security for Myanmar relief and safeguarded 100 members and $12 million dollars in Air Force assets which enabled mission security. 

While deployed with to the 387th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron in Al Mubarak Air Base, Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Airman Jenkins secured more than $3.2 billion worth of Protection Level One resources, ensured safe transport of critical Air Force resources, and managed more than $900,000 worth of weapons, equipment, and munitions inventory. 

Airman Jenkins also spends several off duty hours actively volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Defenders Association. He is also working towards his Community College of the Air Force degree and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. 

This only highlights a few of Airman Jenkins's accomplishments in support of the GWOT and it clearly shows to all his dedication to the Air Force's core values - Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in all We Do.