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Mitchell Jenkins

U.S. Air Force Ret. SMSgt (Ret) Mitchell Jenkins, Resource Management Officer, 1st Combat Camera Squadron served as a combat videographer from 10 Oct 68 to 1 Aug 89.  During his military career served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia as an aerial and ground combat documentation cameraman.  He flew over 100 combat missions in some 10 different air frames.  As an E-4, he was awarded the Distinguish Flying Gross, (4) Air Medals, and the Outstanding Unit Citation with “V” device.  Sgt Jenkins’ primary duty was Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) photographer with the 16th Special Operations Squadron onboard a C-130 Gunship, (SPECTRE).  His secondary duties included alert photographer for air rescue missions onboard H-53 (Jolly Green Giant) helicopters.  He also flew countless Forward Air Control (FAC) missions on OV-10 aircrafts, and air strike mission on F-100 Sabers, and F-4 Phantom fighters.  In addition, he flew many C-130 re-supply missions, and Army UH-1 medical evacuation missions throughout Vietnam.  He even voluntarily flew a few Air America missions to capture the actions of US forces in Southeast Asia.  Mr. Jenkins also flew over flew over 5,000 hours in various aircraft and he participated in many operational and humanitarian missions, one major event he documented in was in 1983, Operation UGENT FURY where film was the last time used during a mission. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence)(released)

U.S. Air Force Ret. SMSgt (Ret) Mitchell Jenkins, Resource Management Officer, 1st Combat Camera Squadron served as a combat videographer from 10 Oct 68 to 1 Aug 89. During his military career served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia as an aerial and ground combat documentation cameraman. He flew over 100 combat missions in some 10 different air frames. As an E-4, he was awarded the Distinguish Flying Gross, (4) Air Medals, and the Outstanding Unit Citation with “V” device. Sgt Jenkins’ primary duty was Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) photographer with the 16th Special Operations Squadron onboard a C-130 Gunship, (SPECTRE). His secondary duties included alert photographer for air rescue missions onboard H-53 (Jolly Green Giant) helicopters. He also flew countless Forward Air Control (FAC) missions on OV-10 aircrafts, and air strike mission on F-100 Sabers, and F-4 Phantom fighters. In addition, he flew many C-130 re-supply missions, and Army UH-1 medical evacuation missions throughout Vietnam. He even voluntarily flew a few Air America missions to capture the actions of US forces in Southeast Asia. Mr. Jenkins also flew over flew over 5,000 hours in various aircraft and he participated in many operational and humanitarian missions, one major event he documented in was in 1983, Operation UGENT FURY where film was the last time used during a mission. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence)(released)

Senior Master Sergeant (Ret.) Mitchell Jenkins  is a 21 year Air Force veteran who served as a combat videographer from 1968 - 1989.  He served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia as an aerial and ground combat documentation cameraman.  He flew over 5,000 hours,100 combat missions in 10 different air frames.  As an E-4, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Air Medals, and the Outstanding Unit Citation with “V” device.  Sergeant Jenkins’ primary duty was Battle Damage Assessment Photographer with the 16th Special Operations Squadron onboard a C-130 Gunship.  His secondary duties included being the alert photographer for air rescue missions onboard H-53 helicopters.  He participated in countless medical and humanitarian missions, documenting wartime operations in Vietnam.  In addition, he voluntarily flew Air America missions to capture the actions of U.S. Forces in Southeast Asia.

Jenkins is currently working as a Resource Management Officer for the 1st Combat Camera Squadron in Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina.