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Spotlight July 2020 – WO1 Josh Jenkins

WO1 Josh Jenkins
WO1 Josh Jenkins

WO1 Jenkins is from Panama City, Florida and entered the US Army in November 2004 as a Counterintelligence Special Agent. During his nearly 16-year career WO1 Jenkins has served at various echelons from tactical to strategic. These assignments include the following units at various echelons: 25th Infantry Division; United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence; 500th Military Intelligence Brigade; 501st Military Intelligence Brigade; and HHC, Intelligence and Security Command. He has multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other various locations in support of National Security. WO1 Jenkins’s military education includes all NCOES schools up to and including the Master Leader Course; Warrant Officer Candidate School; and Warrant Officer Basic Course.

WO1 Jenkins holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in National Security. A couple of his noteworthy accomplishments include induction to the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and Knowlton Awardee. WO1 Jenkins is married and has a dog.

My Decision to Join the Warrant Officer Association

The United States Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA) is known for increasing the recognition of the Warrant Officers Cohort and improving the benefits for Warrant Officers and their families. Many of the benefits that USAWOA helped obtain had immediate and long-term effects for every Warrant Officer. This is an important aspect of USAWOA and one of the main reasons for me joining the association. These are great tangible benefits and I felt it was important to belong to the association where I could assist in communicating the needs of the Warrant Officer and their families to the legislative branch for action. As is commonly said “no one cares about your career more than you.” So why not be belong to the only organization devoted to the welfare of Army Warrant Officers?

More importantly, in my opinion, are the vast intangible benefits of belonging to USAWOA. Even in the short time that I have belonged to USAWOA, I have met some of the most amazing people. These fellow Warrant Officers have mentored and developed me in such a short amount of time. I look forward to their continued support throughout my career and life. This Chapter has also helped with personal fulfillment in helping the Warrant Officer Cohort and the community. As George Washington said, “When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.” USAWOA helps me fulfill the words of George Washington and allows for me to contribute to currently serving members and members who continue to serve as prolific citizens once their time in uniform is completed. The conversations, events, and memories of being within this organization are things I will cherish throughout my life.