Victoria lieutenant to return home for visit
April 18, 2010 at 1:05 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2010 at 11:18 p.m.
Lt. James S. Jenkins will return to Victoria for a brief vacation en route to his new duty station at the United States Naval Academy as an instructor.
Jenkins, a 2006 graduate of United States Naval Academy, was stationed first in Norfolk, Va., where he was assigned to and deployed with the Destroyer USS Ramage (DDG-61) as its propulsion engineer. He was then transferred to Ingleside for one year to help move its fleet of mine sweepers from the Naval station in Ingleside to their new home in San Diego, Calif. Once there, they soon deployed again to Bahrain for nine months where Jenkins served as operation officer, assistant navigator, and tactical action officer aboard the USS Gladiator.
Jenkins returned in March and is en route to Annapolis, Md., where he will serve a two-year commitment as a Naval Academy instructor.
He has earned honors as pistol expert, rifle expert, national defense, sea service/deployment, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Battle E, meritorious unit commendation, Naval achievement and the Navy commendation award.
Jenkins is the son of Jim and Patty Jenkins, and brother to Paul Jenkins, all of Victoria. He is a 2002 Victoria High School graduate.
Navy Seaman Kori J. Melancon, a 2007 graduate of Boling High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Navy Seaman Recruit Jessica C. Guevara, daughter of Molly and Francisco Guevara of Beeville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Guevara is a 2008 graduate of A. C. Jones High School of Beeville.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Dana L. Cox, whose husband, Chris, is the son of Cheryl and Chris Cox of Victoria, and nearly 1,000 sailors and Marines attached to USS Bataan (LHD 5) recently returned to Norfolk, Va. after 10 weeks, supporting Operation Unified Response in Haiti. The ship surged from Norfolk on Jan. 14, 48 hours after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage to Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. Upon arriving on Jan. 18, Bataans crew members began providing disaster relief to the people of Haiti.