Col. Allen Jamerson '86
a promotion in the ranks
of the U.S. Air Force, Col. Allen “AJ”
Jamerson ’86 took command of the 90th Security Forces Group at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., on April 28. He commands 1,150 service men
and women who protect the nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles vital to national security.
Col. Jamerson started his career in
UNCP’s Air Force Reserve Officer
Training Corps (ROTC). In an interview this fall, Col. Jamerson said his new command is challenging.
“This is the greatest challenge of my career,” he said. “A nuclear mission and 1,150 people you are you responsible for every day is a challenge, and every day, our men step up to the challenge.”
A high school graduate from Raleigh, Col. Jamerson stepped up to the challenge of college at UNCP.
“I had never heard of Pembroke,” he said. “My
dad insisted we go down and visit, and the rest is history. It was small,
but a good fit for me. The faculty in Sociology/Criminal Justice, like
John Bowman, Frank Schmalleger and John Rimburg, turned me around. The
about Pembroke was the family atmosphere. You knew everybody.”
Col. Jamerson earned two undergraduate degrees at UNCP: the first in sociology and criminal justice in 1983 and the second in social work in 1986. It was in ROTC that he found inspiration and a career.
“The most influential figure in my life at that time was Capt. Eugene Jones,” he said. “I credit the success in my career to his influence.”
Because he has family in the Carolinas, Col. Jamerson visits UNCP. He attended Homecoming 2004. “I am amazed at the growth of the place,” he said.
Col. Jamerson is married to the former Charmaine M. Lawrence of Kingston, Jamaica. They have two children, Jerard, 15, and Miki, 14. Col. Jamerson may be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com.
Updated: Thursday, May 18, 2006
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