Military Service


Richard W. Jenkins is a retired third-generation military serviceman, who amassed 23 years of service in the U.S. Army. His family’s armed forces legacy dates back to the Civil War, thus propelling Sgt. 1st Class Jenkins to devote his life to the protection of the United States. He earned an associate degree in applied science in electrical engineering technology from Erie Community College, and later applied his knowledge in the defense services sector.

Sgt. 1st Class Jenkins, an expert in computer consultation, maintained and operated the military television and radio for Armed Forces Radio and oversaw satellite communications. He served during the Vietnam War, the Korean War and the Cold War, earning the ranks of Sergeant First Class E-7 and 25Z Visual Information Chief. He was a combat photographer during his time in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. His greatest career achievement was running the Korean and Panama television and radio services as chief of maintenance for both networks.

Following his retirement from the U.S. Army, Sgt. 1st Class Jenkins continued to support fellow veterans by volunteering at rehab centers and veteran’s assistance programs. Throughout his career, Sgt. 1st Class Jenkins has contributed to educational and professional associations, establishing relationships with the Disabled American Veterans Charity, Vietnam Veterans of America and the American Legion. In the future, Sgt. 1st Class Jenkins hopes to use his expertise to teach at a local pulmonary rehabilitation center and to continue to help other veterans.

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