Lt. Cmdr. Jesse B. Kingg
Operations Officer, Strike Fighter Squadron 122
United States Navy

2001 Black Engineer of the Year Professional Achievement in Government

Black Engineer Winner to Discuss Operation Enduring Freedom: Our Fight Against Terrorists.

My presentation is about the Navy's role in Operation Enduring Freedom.
It focuses on the Carl Vinson Battle Group and its contribution to the war from the very first strikes in early October 2001 to its final days of operations over the caves of Tora Bora in December. There is plenty of imbedded video of carrier flight operations and actual cockpit recording of targets being destroyed by F-18 and F-14 aircraft. The brief is contained on a single CD and takes about 30-40 minutes to give.

I also have some very exciting VHS video of F-18 operations set to music that requires a standard VCR and TV to play.

About Jesse Kingg.

An underreported fact in this land of immigrants is that of all of today's newcomers, Africans lead in their embrace of higher education. But even among that group, Jesse B. Kingg, the son of Liberian immigrants, shatters expectations.

Kingg, the Navy's first-ever submariner-turned-fighter-pilot, grew up in Pittsburgh and moved to Liberia, but returned to the U.S. to go to college. How he went from a top submarine billet to the cockpit of a supersonic strike plane is a study in determination.

He joined the elite submarine corps, qualified at the top of his class in the rigorous nuclear power program, then went to sea. But laurels as an exceptional nuclear engineer were not enough. So, while learning how to shoot Tomahawks in Puerto Rico, he decided to add wings to his dolphins. So what if it had never been done?


Lt . Cmdr . Jesse B . Kingg

Engineer and

Winner of the 2001 Black Engineer Award