Speaker Bio:
Tom Jenkins

Speaks:

English

Speaking Topics:

NATO, Peacekeeping

Tom Jenkins joined the Artillery Reserves in Brandon, Manitoba while still in high school in 1972. In January, 1974 he was released from the Reserves and joined the regular force of the Canadian Forces. After basic training at Canadian Forces Recruit School Cornwallis in Nova Scotia, he reported for trades training at the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics at Canadian Forces Base Kingston, Ontario. There he was trained as a Communicator Research Operator, working in the signals intelligence field. After the trades training he reported to his first posting at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Inuvik, N.W.T. From there he had the opportunity to serve in various postings around Canada and the world, including postings to CFS Bermuda, CFS Gander, Newfoundland, CFS Masset, British Columbia, CFS Leitrim near Ottawa, Ontario, Maritime Atlantic Headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an exchange posting with the Americans at United States Army Field Station Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany. Tom’s deployments included five tours to CFS Alert — a listening post located approximately 450 nautical miles from the North Pole on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island. In 2001 he did a six-month tour at Camp Butmir, a NATO base located just outside Sarajevo, Bosnia. Just prior to being released from the Armed Forces, he did a six-month tour of Camp Mirage which was located on the outskirts of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This was Canada's support base for all personnel and materials heading into and out of Afghanistan. Tom Jenkins joined as a private and rose to the highest enlisted rank, chief warrant officer. After six years in that rank he accepted his commission and was promoted to captain. Tom served his final three years in that rank. He retired after more than 37 years of service in August, 2009.

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