On February 6th, 2019, United States Army Lt. Col. John D. Jenkins (ret.) passed away after a long illness. He was 79.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Mr. Jenkins served two tours in Vietnam from 1966-1967 and again from 1971-1972. Among other awards, he received two Bronze Stars for his service during the war.
After retiring from the Army in 1980, Mr. Jenkins went on to work for the Fairfax County Public Schools. In 1981 he was elected to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors representing the Neabsco district. His 36 years on the board make him the longest serving supervisor in Virginia.
In a statement, Corey Stewart, the Republican chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors said: “Today, Prince William County mourns the loss of one of it’s best. For almost 37 years, Supervisor John Jenkins served his community with honor, integrity and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the residents in the Neabsco district. He not only loved this country, but he loved this community.”
John was a friend and ardent supporter of the museum from the beginning, and worked in his capacity as a supervisor on the PWC BOCS to further the interest of the museums mission. He shard our vision to honor, educate and inspire, and his leadership has been significant in moving towards the goal of opening the museum.
John Jenkins will me missed by his family, friends, the citizens of Prince William County, and the country he served.