Hyde Park, NY – When newly promoted U.S. Army Brigadier General Richard B. Dix was a
battalion commander in Germany in 2006, little did he know that one of his charges
would later graduate from The Culinary Institute of America
(CIA) and help him celebrate the biggest day of his military career.
General Dix received his first General Officer star at a ceremony
at Ft. Myer, VA on May 17. Invited to attend was Eric E. Jenkins, the former soldier who enrolled at the CIA
after completing his army service. Jenkins presented his former commander with
a cake he created to mark the occasion, which was served to more than 300 family,
friends, and guests of General Dix.
"SFC Jenkins possessed exceptional culinary
skills as our dining facility assistant manager and manager during my command,"
Brigadier General Dix said. "I was not surprised by the work of art he prepared
for my promotion ceremony. A class act and chef. Everyone
enjoyed his creation!"
Jenkins, 48, served in the army from 1984 to 2008, retiring as
Sergeant First Class. After transitioning to civilian life and graduating with a
bachelor's degree from the world's premier culinary college, Jenkins has continued
his connection to the military as the CIA's veterans admissions
About 150 students who have served on active duty in the U.S.
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard currently attend the college, many
with the assistance of Post-9/11 GI
Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program benefits. Sgt. Jenkins eases the transition to
college for these veterans to pursue their bachelor's or associate degrees in culinary
arts, baking and pastry arts, or culinary science at the CIA. He also serves as
the staff advisor to the Veterans Association & Auxiliary student organization
on campus. He was president of the group as an undergraduate.
The CIA's commitment to America's service members goes back to
the college's founding in 1946, when the first class of students consisted of World
War II veterans studying with the support of the original GI Bill. For 68 years,
the college has worked closely with all branches of the U.S. military, providing
culinary training for active service members and college education for those beginning
their post-military professional careers. Information for veterans interested in
enrolling at the CIA can be found at www.ciachef.edu/veterans.
Photo Captions and Hi-Res Images
Photo 1 (top photo): New U.S.
Army Brigadier General Richard B. Dix, his wife Cynthia, and daughter Nikki cut
a cake baked in his honor by The Culinary Institute of America's Veterans Admissions
Counselor Eric E. Jenkins. (Photo credit: Courtesy Eric Jenkins)
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Photo 2: CIA Veterans
Admissions Counselor Eric E. Jenkins with his former battalion commander Richard
B. Dix and Dix's wife Cynthia at Dix's installation as a U.S. Army brigadier general.
Jenkins baked a cake for 300 guests for the occasion. (Photo credit: Courtesy Eric Jenkins)
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3: Cake made by CIA Veterans Admissions Counselor Eric E. Jenkins to honor his
former battalion commander Richard B. Dix at Dix's installation as a brigadier general. (Photo credit: Courtesy Eric Jenkins)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit
college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts,
baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in
culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college,
the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability,
and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has
a network of 46,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi,
Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Johnny Iuzzini, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers
courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support
of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses
in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.
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