Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards
Asian American Engineer of the Year Award


Capt Joker L. Jenkins
United States Fleet Forces Command


CAPTAIN Joker Lee Jenkins was born in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China and raised in San Diego, CA.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1989, with a Bachelor¡¯s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following nuclear power training he reported as Reactor Electrical Officer on USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) in Alameda, CA deploying twice to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT STORM, and qualifying Surface Warfare Officer and Nuclear Engineer.  His second division officer tour was as commissioning Navigator on USS JOHN S. MCCAIN (DDG-56).After a commissioning that included former President George H.W. Bush, Senator McCain, and the Chief of Naval Operations, MCCAIN sailed from Bath, ME to homeport, Pearl Harbor, HI via the Panama Canal. He also served as liaison officer onboard a Russian Navy Ropucha-Class LST in Operation COOPERATION FROM THE SEA 1995.

His first department head tour was as Combat Systems Officer on USS O¡¯BANNON (DD-987) in Mayport, FL, deploying once to the Arabian Gulf. He then served as Main Propulsion Assistant on USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) in San Diego, CA completing his fourth Arabian Gulf deployment.

His Executive Officer tour was first onboard USS ELLIOT (DD-967) in San Diego, CA, followed by USS FLETCHER (DD-992), as part of the Navy¡¯s DD/DDG Sea Swap Program. As part of the Navy¡¯s Sea Swap Program ELLIOT was decommissioned.  The ELLIOT crew assumed FLETCHER and completed Arabian Gulf and Horn of Africa deployment in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM.

Shore assignments include the NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER in White Oak, MD in the Experimental Explosives Test and Development Branch. Following his division officer tours he was selected for a JOINT CHIEF¡¯S OF STAFF INTERNSHIP at the Pentagon. As a Deputy Legislative Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he provided direct support during Congressional Hearings for Bosnia/IFOR and Unified Commander¡¯s Posture Testimonies and Confirmations. 

He also served as a WHITE HOUSE MILITARY SOCIAL AIDE supporting the President¡¯s White House Military Office. While attending the Naval War College at Newport, RI, he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with a specialty in Far East Asia.  This was followed by selection as an Associate Fellow to the Chief of Naval Operations STRATEGIC STUDIES GROUP working on developing the FORCEnet and SEAPOWER 21 concepts. His most recent shore assignment was as Deputy Executive Assistant to COMMANDER, UNITED STATES FLEET FORCES COMMAND (USFFC), providing direct support to man, train, and equip naval forces worldwide, and advising the Chief of Naval Operations in current and future capabilities.

He was the 16th Commanding Officer of USS GARY (FFG-51) as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Yokosuka, Japan operating in Asia and the Western Pacific. He led transition of GARY from Seventh Fleet to Third Fleet in San Diego as part of the Hull Swap program with USS MCCAMPBELL (DDG-85) conducting a trans-Pacific transit and undergoing a 70-percent personnel transfer between the two crews.

Currently, he is serving as Officer-in-Charge Nuclear Power Mobile Training Team (NPMTT) for COMMANDER, NAVAL AIRFORCES PACIFIC Force Nuclear Propulsion, responsible for maintaining the nuclear propulsion readiness and training of the U.S. Navy¡¯s Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers.

Personal Awards include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, a Joint Staff Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

CAPT Jenkins is married to the former Ms. Lydia Mae Ronneberg of Tigard, OR. They currently reside in San Diego, CA where he also volunteers as a docent at the San Diego Chinese Historical Society Museum.