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  Mr. NUNN. Mr. President, I would like to congratulate an outstanding 
military officer, Maj. Gen. Harry W. Jenkins, Jr., on his retirement 
from active duty. General Jenkins served for over 34 years with 
distinction in the Marine Corps. General Jenkins graduated from San 
Jose State College in 1960, whereupon he was commissioned as a Marine 
Corps second lieutenant. To cap off his fine career, General Jenkins 
has served as the first Director, Expeditionary Warfare in the staff of 
the Chief of Naval Operations.
  Congress established this office in an effort to focus additional 
attention within the Navy Department on important expeditionary warfare 
areas that take on additional significance in the New World we face 
today. General Jenkins was chosen to fill the important role of 
establishing this office because of his extensive qualifications in 
leading the landing forces in Operations Desert Shield-Desert Storm. 
His unique qualifications were exactly those needed to set this office 
and its operations on the right course. The Armed Services Committee 
has relied heavily on General Jenkins' advice on matters pertaining to 
expeditionary warfare and the changes that the Navy Department should 
be making to enhance its capabilities in this area.
  General Jenkins has received numerous awards and decorations, 
including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Combat V and 
three gold stars, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
  I want to thank General Jenkins for his outstanding career of 
dedicated service to the Marine Corps and the Nation. I know my 
colleagues join me in washing all the best to General Jenkins, his 
wife, Sue, their daughter, Anne Elizabeth, and their son, Thomas 
  There being no objection, the biography was ordered to be printed in 
the Record, as follows:

      [From Headquarters Marine Corps, Division of Public Affairs]

                  Maj. Gen. Harry W. Jenkins Jr., USMC

       Major General Harry W. Jenkins Jr., is currently serving as 
     the Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (N85), on the 
     staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
       General Jenkins was born on November 29, 1938 in Oakland, 
     California. Upon graduation from San Jose State College with 
     a B.A. degree in June 1960, he was commissioned a second 
     lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He also holds an M.S. degree 
     from the University of Wisconsin (1972).
       After completing The Basic School at Quantico, Va., in 
     January 1961, he served as a weapons platoon commander with 
     the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and 
     then as a weapons platoon commander and rifle platoon 
     commander with the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine 
     Division on Okinawa. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 
     January 1962.
       He transferred back to the U.S. in March 1962, and was 
     assigned to Marine Barracks, San Francisco naval Shipyard, 
     San Francisco, Calif., where he served as the barracks 
     Executive Officer until December 1964. From January 1965 to 
     February 1967, he was assigned to the Marine Corps Mountain 
     Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., serving as a 
     Senior Instructor in Mountain Operations, in the survival 
     School and as the Assistant Operations Officer of the 
     Training Center. He was promoted to captain in June 1965.
       In February 1967, General Jenkins returned to Quantico for 
     duty at the Officer Candidate School, and then was a student 
     at the Amphibious Warfare School. Upon graduation in January 
     1968, he was transferred to the Republic of Vietnam, where he 
     served as the Commanding Officer, Company M, 3d Battalion, 
     26th Marines, and later served as the Operations Officer and 
     Executive Officer of the battalion. Promoted to major in 
     November 1968, he was then assigned as the Civil Affairs 
     Officer for the 1st Marine Division in January 1969.
       Returning from overseas in April 1969, he was assigned to 
     the NROTC Unit, University of Wisconsin, where he was the 
     Marine Officer Instructor until June 1972. Following that 
     tour, General Jenkins was ordered to Headquarters Marine 
     Corps, Washington, D.C., where he served in the Officer 
     Assignment Branch, and later in the Office of the Commandant 
     as the Plans Officer in the Special Projects Directorate.
       In August 1975, he returned to Quantico as a student at the 
     Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Following graduation 
     in June 1976, he returned to the 3d Marine Division as the 
     Regimental Operations Officer of the 9th Marines. While 
     overseas, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in July 1977.
       General Jenkins was next assigned to the Office of the 
     Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) in August 
     1977. There he served in the National Military Command Center 
     and as a special plans officer in the Directorate for 
     Community Relations.
       From August 1979 until June 1980, he attended the Naval War 
     College, Newport, R.I. Upon graduation he was reassigned to 
     Headquarters Marine Corps where he served in the Officer 
     Assignment Branch as the Ground Lieutenant Colonel Monitor, 
     the head of the Ground Officer Assignment Section and as the 
     Head of the Officer Assignment Branch, respectively. He was 
     promoted to colonel in July 1982.
       During August 1983, General Jenkins was assigned to the 2d 
     Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he served as the 
     Division G-3 until May 1984, and then as the Commanding 
     Officer of the 2d Marine Regiment. He served in this capacity 
     until June 1986, when he assumed the position as the Chief of 
     Staff for the Division. While serving in this capacity, he 
     was selected for promotion to brigadier general in December 
     1986. He was assigned duty as the Legislative Assistant to 
     the Commandant of the Marine Corps on Oct. 5, 1987, and was 
     advanced to brigadier general on Oct. 1, 1987. General 
     Jenkins was assigned additional duties as the Director of 
     Public Affairs on May 18, 1988. On Aug. 22, 1989, he was 
     assigned as Commanding General, 4th Marine Expeditionary 
     Brigade/Commanding General, Landing Force Training Command, 
     Atlantic/Deputy Commander, Marine Strike Force Atlantic, NAB, 
     Little Creek, Va. General Jenkins was promoted to major 
     general on Aug. 1, 1990. Following that tour, General Jenkins 
     returned to Headquarters Marine Corps on July 15, 1991, where 
     he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Command, Control, 
     Communications, Computer and Intelligence (C4I)/Director of 
     Intelligence. In October 1992, he was chosen for the position 
     of Director, Expeditionary Warfare Division (N85) on the 
     staff of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. He 
     served in both assignments until April 16, 1993, when he 
     relinquished the duty as Assistant Chief of Staff, C4I/
     Director of Intelligence.
       General Jenkins' decorations include: the Legion of Merit; 
     Bronze Star Medal with Combat ``V'' and three gold stars; the 
     Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal 
     with Combat ``V''; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit 
     Citation with two bronze stars; Navy Unit Commendation; 
     Meritorious Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal 
     with one bronze star; Vietnam Service Medal with one silver 
     star; Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars; Sea 
     Service Deployment Ribbon with one bronze star; Arctic 
     Service Ribbon; Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with 
     bronze star; Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation 
     (Gallantry Cross Color); Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit 
     Citation, (Civil Actions Color 1st Class); the Vietnam 
     Campaign Medal; and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.
       Major General Jenkins and his wife, the former Sue Gilbert 
     of Richlands Virginia, have a daughter, Anne Elizabeth, and a 
     son, Thomas Jonathan.
  Mr. FORD. Mr. President, since receiving new C-130H aircraft, the 
Kentucky Air National Guard has been involved in every major world 
contingency where tactical airlift was required.
  Kentucky's Guard was in the air within 72 hours of being called on to 
assist in Rwanda. Our crews logged 303.2 flying hours, flew 147 
sorties, carried 652.5 tons of cargo, and transported 604 passengers.
  It is my understanding that the Kentucky Air Guard is being 
considered for the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. I believe the 
attached list of achievements will make them top contenders.
  Mr. President, let me close by saying the achievements of the 
Kentucky Air National Guard should make every American confident that 
equipment, like the C-130H's, is being used effectively by highly 
qualified, competent crews.
  I ask unanimous consent that the following be included in the Record 
following my remarks.
  There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in 
the Record, as follows:

       The 123d Airlift Wing capped one of the most impressive 
     periods in its history with the acceptance of two highly 
     acclaimed national awards. The 1993 National Guard 
     Association of the United States Distinguished Flying Plaque 
     recognizes the 123d Airlift Wing as one of the top five 
     outstanding Air National Guard flying units. Additionally, 
     the unit earned the 1993 National Guard Bureau's Curtis N. 
     ``Rusty'' Metcalf Trophy, presented to the Tactical/Strategic 
     Airlift or Air Refueling flying unit which demonstrated the 
     highest standards of mission accomplishment over a sustained 
       The 123 AW earned an overall excellent rating during a 9th 
     Air Force Stan/Eval inspection. Every measurable category was 
     rated excellent which is exceptional considering the units 
     extensive real world tasking. Five wing crew members were 
     recognized as ``exceptionally qualified.''
       The 123 AW epitomized the quality of the Total Force by its 
     extraordinary performance in regional contingencies and 
     humanitarian relief efforts throughout the world. Once 
     aircrew conversion training to the H model aircraft was well 
     on its way to completion, the unit aggressively volunteered 
     its services to whatever missions were required of C-130 
     aircraft. When Hurricane Andrew devastated southern Florida 
     the 123d answered the call. A 123 AW C-130H was credited as 
     being the first cargo aircraft on the scene at devastated 
     Homestead AFB, Florida, transporting critically needed 
     security police to secure the area. This was then followed by 
     numerous sorties manned by volunteers to help begin the 
     recovery process.
       When the world situation in Africa and Eastern Europe 
     turned critical 123d volunteers again stepped up to the line. 
     At first, individuals from the combat control team and 
     aircrew members, supplementing short handed units answered 
     the call to Operation Restore Hope (Somalia). Shortly 
     thereafter the unit responded to tasking sending both 
     aircraft, flying and support personnel to the Horn of Africa 
     to aid in the critical and dangerous humanitarian operation. 
     123d citizen soldiers, dubbed by the regional media in 
     Kentuckiana ``the Guardians of Hope'' provided 150 sorties 
     over 263 flying hours and transported 720 tons of supplies 
     and 1144 passengers to the effort, while members of the 
     wing's combat control team operated runways at several 
     austere locations. Additionally, the 123d Services Flight, 
     operating out of Cairo West, Egypt, managed contract 
     commercial hotels, food service and laundry; established and 
     operated MWR activities; provided mortuary support for the 
     region; and aided in the drawdown of personnel and operations 
     for the installation . . . supporting an average of 500 
     people rotating through the site daily. The unit was 
     commended for their exceptional service.
       As the world's geopolitical attention switched to Eastern 
     Europe the 123 AW took focus on Operation Provide Promise 
     where the unit's all volunteer force, many arriving directly 
     from Africa flew humanitarian missions into Bosnia-
     Herzegovina February through April and again from July 
     through the end of September 1993. In December 1993 the unit 
     returned and continued to fly missions through May of 1994. 
     123d AW aircraft amassed 1082 sorties over 2220 hours and 
     delivered 2215 tons of food and supplies. Lieutenant Colonel 
     Rick Ash, a flight commander and traditional guardsman became 
     the first Air National Guard commander of the reactivated 
     Delta Squadron, part of the 435th Airlift Wing, Rein Mein AB 
     Germany, where he served with great distinction.
       In July 1994, given only 72 hours to respond, the 123 AW 
     quickly answered the call to Operation Provide Hope in 
     Rwanda. Operating from Mombasa, Kenya, unit personnel and 
     aircraft flew 147 sorties and over 303.2 hours including 
     652.5 tons of relief supplies and transported 604 passengers 
     to the beleaguered Rwandan refugees.
       The 123 AW also participated in many other unique 
     deployments and exercises. The wing supported six rotations 
     for Phoenix Oak where missions into Central and South America 
     tested aircrews, war readiness capability in a real world 
     setting. During these deployments the wing provided 223 
     sorties, almost 500 hours and transported 920 tons of 
     supplies and 720 passengers. Security Police participated in 
     Phoenix Ace--an exercise designed to test the unit's air base 
     ground defense capabilities--and were noted by instructors as 
     ``the best squad seen to date.'' Additionally, Civil 
     Engineers received many favorable comments for work performed 
     for the U.S. Border Patrol and on active Air Force 
       The unit was able to meet the challenge of the heavy 
     deployment schedule and maintain its combat readiness status 
     in spite of having to ground its C-130H fleet in June and 
     July of 1993 after detecting a manufacturing defect in 38 of 
     its 48 engines. Maintenance technicians analyzed the 
     problems, and removed the engines in minimum time while 
     maintaining a 73.7 mission capable rate for the year. The 
     rate has steadily risen to an average of 81.7% for 1994 which 
     is well above the ANG goal. This is exceptional 
     considering that the unit has exceeded 1,000 hours over 
     the programmed flying time for the last two years without 
     increasing maintenance manning.
       Wing members established an ``around the clock command 
     post'', coordinated shifts and personnel, and supported 
     community agencies when the city was paralyzed with an 18-
     inch snowfall and below zero temperatures. Both full-time and 
     traditional guardsmen, in a volunteer status, transported 
     medical personnel to hospitals, assisted law enforcement 
     agencies, and responded to hundreds of calls from citizens in 
     dire need of assistance.
       The 123 AW's humanitarian efforts extended into the local 
     community as well. The wing's Annual Bean Soup Feast and Open 
     House netted nearly $8,000.00, with the proceeds being 
     donated to children's programs in the region. In addition, 
     the wing collected $3,700.00 for Easter Seals and raised 
     $35,000.00 for numerous charities through the Combined 
     Federal Campaign. The 205th Combat Communications Squadron 
     collected food, money, and clothing to provide family 
     Christmas gifts through the Salvation Army's ``Angel Tree'' 
     program. The 205 CCS also became involved in the Jefferson 
     County public schools Community Board Education Program. 
     Together with the local school system the 205 CCS provided a 
     myriad of services to the county's mentally disabled enrolled 
     in the program.
       The 123 AW's exemplary record of achievements is reflected 
     in numerous group and individual awards. The 123d Mission 
     Support Squadron captured the Outstanding ANG Social Actions 
     Office of the Year and the FY 92 Zero BMT Elimination's Rate 
     Award. The 123d Mission Support Flight garnered the 
     Outstanding ANG Base-Level Information management 
     organization Award. The 123 AW earned it's third championship 
     win in the 30th Annual ANG Bowling Tournament. Individual 
     recognition included the Outstanding ANG Field Grade Officer 
     Information Manager.
       The unit has flown over 88,000 hours and almost 20 years, 
     through three aircraft conversions, with only one command 
     controlled Class A mishap for a rate of 1.12 percent. This is 
     remarkable considering the perilous conditions in which the 
     unit has operated during the past two years--free of any 
     command controlled mishaps.
       The 123 AW achieved a rare honor for an air guard unit when 
     it was selected by the state department to serve as 
     ``hermano'' or brother unit to Chile. The program promotes an 
     international exchange of flying techniques and training 
     between the units.
       Since becoming operational in the C-130H, September 1992, 
     the 123d had logged 64% of its total flying hours in ``real 
     world'' missions. Fifty-two percent of those missions, 34% of 
     the total missions have been flown outside the continental 
     United States.
       The 123 AW is proud of its distinctive accomplishments, 
     many of which have been achieved at the focal point of 
     national and world attention. Volunteers from the 123d have 
     been willing to forsake their own comforts and conveniences 
     to aid the desperate needs of others. They have sought out 
     the most demanding missions, accomplished them superbly, and 
     asked for more. The members of the 123d Airlift Wing stand in 
     the forefront of airlift operations. The unit is truly 
     deserving of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.