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Gene, James, and Brian Kent – A family of veterans

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Gene, James, and Brian Kent – A family of veterans

Children often choose their careers after their parents, thus can be said of James and Brian Kent.  Their father, Gene Kent graduated from Cottondale High School and joined the Navy in 1962.  After completing basic training in San Diego, California, he was assigned and completed electronics school in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from electronics school, he was then assigned to Keflavik, Iceland, where he served for one year. He returned to the United States and was assigned to a photogenic squadron at NAS in Jacksonville where he served until August 29, 1966. At that time, his service in the Navy ended.  Today Gene resides in Marianna with his wife, Marsha.  They have two sons, Brian and James who Gene proudly says have also served their country with pride.

Captain Brian L. Kent 

Captain Brian L. Kent was born in Tallahassee, Florida and graduated from Grand Ridge High School. He joined the Army in 1985. Upon completion of Basic and Advanced Training, his first assignment was in the 194 Armored Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was then promoted to Sergeant, and was assigned to the Multinational Force and Observer unit, El Gorah, Egypt. In 1988, Sergeant Kent volunteered for Airborne Duty and was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division. After successful completion of two additional assignments with XVIII Airborne Corps and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Captain Kent received his commission through Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia.

Upon graduation from the Air Defense Officer Basic Course, his first assignment as an officer was at 2d Battalion, 441 Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. While there he served as a platoon leader and executive officer for Alpha Battery and as an Assistant Battalion Operations Officer. He was then selected to attend the Aviation Captains Career Course, Fort Rucker, Alabama with a follow-on assignment to Fort Bragg, North Carolina once again for Airborne Duty. Before assuming command, he served as Secretary Joint Staff for the Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Captain Kent commanded Headquarters and Headquarter Battery, 3 Battalion, 4* Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 82d Airborne Division. After successful completion of Command, he was once again assigned to JSOC serving as a special operations requirements officer and culminated his career serving his last position as the Communications Program Manager for the Command.

Captain Kent’s military education includes, Defense Acquisition University for Program Management, Marine Amphibious Warfare Course, Air Defense Officer Basic, Aviation Captains Career Course, Joint Firepower Control Course, Bradley Leaders Course, Jumpmaster School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School and the National Intelligence Course. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts, a Master’s of Science Degree in Management Technology and PhD in Business Administration for dissertation for Technology Acceptance.

Captain Kent’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (10LC), Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (10LC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal (10LC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (40LC), Army Good Conduct Medal (3d Award), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with 3 device), Overseas Service Ribbon, MFO Medal (with 2 device), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

Captain Kent is married to the former Rhonda Lynn McMillan of 28 years and has a daughter, Allison. 

MM1 (SW) James A. Kent -

MM1 (SW) Kent is a native of Florida and graduated from Grand Ridge High School in Jackson County, FL in 1988. Upon graduation, he enlisted into the US Naval Nuclear Power Program as a Nuclear Machinists Mate Third Class (MM3)/E3 and attended the Naval Boot Camp, Recruit Training Command in Orlando, FL. After successful completion of Boot Camp and promotion to E4/MM3, he received further education including the Machinist Mate “A” and Nuclear Power Schools also in Orlando, FL. Then to culminate the Nuclear Training Program, he attended Nuclear Propulsion and Engineering Lab Technician School in Ballston Spa, NY and was promoted to E5 / MM2. In 1990, upon completion and meeting all requirements, he was awarded designation as a Nuclear Machinist Mate and Engineering Lab Technician.

MM1 (SW) Kent’s first assignment was on the Aircraft Carrier, USS George Washington (CVN-73) as part of its pre-commissioning unit. While aboard CVN-73, he served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm Gulf War; qualified in Surface Warfare (SW), attended Nuclear Radiological Control Maintenance and Instructor Training School and was promoted to E6 /MM1.

In 1993, MM1 Kent was transferred to Naval Reserve Center (NRC) Quincy, MA as an Instructor for Chemical, Biological and Radiological training. While stationed at NRC Quincy, he duties also included roles as Master-at-Arm, Unit Coordinator and Information Security Officer.

MM1 Kent has been awarded the Navy Achievement Medial, Good Conduct Medal Second Award, the National Defense Service Medal and through qualification was awarded the Expert Pistol and Rifle Awards. 

In 1996, Kent was honorably discharged and settled in North Carolina where he now resides with his wife, Sarah and three daughters, Caitlyn, Madilyn, and Riley.

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