United States Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Mark C. Jennings was born in Toledo, OH, and moved to Woodville, OH, when he was eight years old. Mark loved the outdoors. He was most at home when he was hunting, fishing, and trapping. He was very active in his local Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle Scout. In high school, Mark lettered in track, baseball, and football, and even played hockey in college. He raced sailboats, water-skied, and snowboarded. Mark attended Cardinal Stritch High School in Oregon, OH, before attending Bowling Green State University. He graduated from Bowling Green in May 1991, with a BA in Aero Technology, Air Force ROTC, and Business. Mark also earned his Master’s Degree while serving his country.
Mark commissioned into the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant in May 1991, following his graduation from Bowling Green State University. Second Lieutenant Jennings began his service at Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, TX, where he trained as a Fighter Pilot – receiving his wings after graduation. He then went on to F-16 training at Luke Air Force Base, AZ, and trained aggressively in preparation for his many missions over Iraq. He excelled as an F-16 Pilot and graduated at the very top of his class, receiving two Top Gun Awards. Throughout his military career, he served in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf War, Korea, patrolling no-fly-zones, and worked with homeland security during the 9/11 crisis protecting U.S. Borders.
Mark worked in Washington D.C. for the National Guard Bureau in National Security. He served at several bases including: Laughlin AFB, TX , Howard AFB, Panama, Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia, Kunsan AFB, Korea, Luke AFB, Arizona, Randolph AFB, TX, Lackland AFB Texas, Moody AFB, Georgia, Eglin AFB FL. Mark switched over to the Air National Guard and his final role was the 177th Fighter Wing Air National Guard, Atlantic City, NJ. For his service, Lt Col Jennings received two Top Gun Awards, the Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal.
Lt Col Mark C. Jennings died on December 14, 2009, from injuries he received when he was senselessly struck down by a speeding motorist in front of his home in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Lt Col Jennings is survived by his parents, Linda and Charles Jennings; his wife, Emily; their daughter, Katelyn Jennings; his brother and sister-in-law Chris and Stephanie Jennings; his sister, Jodi Jennings Rozanski; his nephews, Jacob and Jude; and his nieces, Chloe, Kat, and Stella.