Camp Blanding Commander Speaks to Clay Leaders

Clay Today
Posted 11/30/18

Commander Colonel Frank A. Zenko from Camp Blanding Joint Training Center spoke to a group of Clay County Leaders at the 4th quarter luncheon for the Clay County Economic Development. Zenco outlined …

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Camp Blanding Commander Speaks to Clay Leaders

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Commander Colonel Frank A. Zenko from Camp Blanding Joint Training Center spoke to a group of Clay County Leaders at the 4th quarter luncheon for the Clay County Economic Development. Zenco outlined the benefits of Camp Blanding and the millions of dollars represented by the more than 450,000 incoming individuals that visit to the camp during a calendar year for training of several various natures.

“The economic value to Clay County Businesses is tremendous” said JJ Harris, ED President. We are proud of our partnership with Camp Blanding and what the future holds for years to come for our County.

Colonel Frank Zenko assumed command of Camp Blanding Joint Training Center (CBJTC) in July 2018. CBJTC is a premier training venue providing resources to enhance joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multi-national training in support of the nation, state and local communities.

He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics for the Florida Army National Guard.

COL Zenko was commissioned from Marion Military Institute in 1988 and joined the Florida Army National Guard in Tallahassee, FL while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University. His career commenced with the completion of Ordnance Officer Basic Course and subsequent assignment as a platoon leader in the 708th Maintenance Company, Quincy, FL.

COL Zenko served in various key development assignments throughout his career to include Commander of the 708th Maintenance Company; S3, S1, and S4 of the 927th Corps Support Battalion; and S3 and Executive Officer of the 53rd Support Battalion. COL Zenko deployed to Afghanistan (2005-2006) with the 53rd Logistics Task Force with the mission of providing critical logistical support to the 53rd Infantry Brigade and Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix IV. COL Zenko served as the Battalion Commander for 2nd Battalion 211th Regiment (RTI), a schoolhouse General Studies Battalion that was later re-designated as an Infantry Battalion. COL Zenko’s next assignment was the Deputy Commander of Camp Blanding Joint Training Center. With his experience in training management coupled with his intimate knowledge of installation management COL Zenko was assigned and currently serves as the Post Commander of CBJTC. His military experience provides breadth and depth spanning five Major Subordinate Commands in the FLARNG.

COL Zenko’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Florida Distinguished Service Medal and the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe.

Frank has a BS in Finance from Florida State University and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. COL Zenko and his wife Cathy split residences in Alachua, FL and Tallahassee, FL and they have two sons, Tyler and Spencer.

The Clay Florida EDC Board of Directors holds a regularly scheduled meeting on the second Thursday of each month. All meetings are held at the Clay Florida EDC office at 1845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 110-B, Fleming Island, FL 32003 at 8:30 a.m. in the conference room and are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

For more information on Economic Development in Clay County contact JJ Harris, President, Clay County EDC, 1845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 110-B, Fleming Island, Florida 32003.

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