News: Top of her class
Story by Spc. Erik Anderson
FORT BENNING, Ga. - The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, is not a Training and Doctrine Command unit, nor is it co-located with the 3rd ID headquarters. The battle-tested outfit with a rich and colorful history hails from Kelley Hill, Fort Benning, Ga., a special place to those who call it home.
An immeasurable part of that history is the soldiers who have called Kelley Hill home during their military careers. Actors, politicians and musicians are among the people who have made an impact before, during or after being a Sledgehammer soldier.
For one former Sledgehammer, the time spent on Kelley Hill formed her career path marked most recently as Distinguished Master Logistician for Intermediate Level Education class 2011-02.
“During my tenure at 3rd ID, I’ve served with some dynamic and innovative leaders,” said Maj. Fenicia L. Jackson, Logistics Corps (Quartermaster).
One leader in particular stood out as Jackson served with the Sledgehammer Brigade.
“Lt. Col. Christopher Day is a very talented leader and is the most proficient officer in the Logistics Branch that I’ve had the pleasure of serving with throughout my career,” said Jackson.
During her time with 3rd HBCT, Jackson was a medical services officer deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom III.
“Working for [Lt. Col.] Day enabled me to become a more skillful logistician, which eventually led me to branch transferring into the Logistics Branch,” she said. “He is an incredible professional and a true representation of an Army officer.”
While serving as the medical officer and as a company commander, the leadership played a positive role in Jackson’s development.
“I was influenced by some of the most competent and confident leaders the Army has to offer,” said Jackson. “I welcome the opportunity to serve alongside them again!”
Jackson, a Hartsville, S.C., native, is proud to serve in the U.S. Army, a goal she laid out early on in life.
“Since the age of 15, I knew in my heart that I wanted to be a soldier in the U.S. Army,” she said. “I’m proud to say that my family shares a tradition of military service with two uncles who fought in Vietnam, my father retired from the U.S. Army, and a sister and brother currently serving in the U.S. Army.”
After earning the title Distinguished Master Logistician for Intermediate Level Education class 2011-02 and graduating the course Dec. 16., Jackson has another reason to be proud.
“The competition was an incredible learning experience that enabled me to think critically and beyond my experience level,” Jackson said. “The competition forced students to focus on and plan big-picture logistics at the strategic and operational level, a level in which we were not comfortable with.”
The master logistician competition is much more than a chance to earn a title; it is a chance for logistics professionals to hone their craft by providing expanded learning experience beyond standard curriculum and a chance to combine the knowledge into one operation.
“I would also like to thank the Department of Logistics and Resource Operations faculty for providing such a challenging but great learning opportunity and professional development throughout this year,” said Jackson. “I am proud to represent the logisticians of the Command and General Staff College Class of 11-02.”
Following graduation Dec. 16, Jackson will join the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk, La.