Lieutenant Commander Alexa Jenkins currently serves as the Commanding Officer for USS TORNADO (PC-14) and is stationed in Mayport, FL. A 2004 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, she has completed five deployments throughout her twelve years of service all around the world, including: the Arabian Gulf, South China Sea, Gulf of Guinea, Gulf of Aden, and the southern coast of Somalia. She has participated in carrier strike group operations, counter piracy, partnership building missions, and unmanned aerial vehicle deployments. Patrol Coastal ships in Florida deploy to the Caribbean and conduct counter drug operations in coordination with the Coast Guard. She also commanded USS CHINOOK (PC 9) based in Manama, Bahrain. During her shore duty at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NROTC, LCDR Jenkins earned her MBA from the Kenan Flaglar School of Business in 2011. LCDR Jenkins is married to Rod Jenkins of Jacksonville, FL.
Opening Plenary: 15 Years After 9/11: The Global Landscape