CDR Eric Jenkins is a native of Ossining, NY. He attended S.U.N.Y. Maritime College while on a NROTC scholarship. Upon graduation and his Commission in 1997 he received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Naval Architecture and a United States Coast Guard 3rd Mates Unlimited License. He was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1999, and reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 3 (HC-3) at NAS North Island for initial training in the CH-46D Sea Knight.
Following FRS training, CDR Jenkins was assigned to HC-6 in Norfolk from 2000 to 2003. There he completed a WESTPAC deployment aboard the USS INCHON and subsequent deployments supporting 5th and 6th Fleet operations aboard the USNS Sirius and USNS Spica.
For his Shore assignment CDR Jenkins joined the "Shooters" of VT-6 as part of Training Wing 5 at NAS Whiting Field. In 2005 he transitioned to Full Time Support (FTS) and remained with VT-6 serving as the Reserve Department Head and Operations Officer. In 2009 CDR Jenkins attended the Naval War College where he earned a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. CDR Jenkins then proceeded to Commander Naval Air Forces Reserve (CNAFR) for a staff tour as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff N3 and the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program Manager. While there he helped orchestrate the first Reserve Firescout (MQ-8B) deployment aboard the USS Simpson (FFG-56). Next CDR Jenkins served in a Joint Staff tour as the Assistant Reserve Director with NATO Supreme Allied Command Transformation Headquarters in Norfolk, VA.
CDR Jenkins has accumulated over 3,600 flight hours. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign and unit awards.