Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jimmie Brooks enlisted the U.S. Army in October 1989. He attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training as a light wheeled vehicle mechanic at Fort Dix, New Jersey, with his first duty station being with the 3rd Explosive Ordinance Detachment located in Augsburg, Germany. In December 1990 he deployed in support of operations Desert Shield, Storm and Saber.
After returning from deployment, he was selected to attend Warrant Officer Candidate School and Flight School. From November 1991 through April 1992 he was assigned to the 10th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), located at Fort Carson. From April 1992 through June 1993, Brooks attended Warrant Officer Candidate School and Flight School learning to fly in the UH-1 Huey and then transitioning into the OH-58A/C Scout helicopter. In August 1999, Brooks transitioned again to the AH-64 Apache helicopter in which he is still current and qualified in to date.
His military education courses include the Warrant Officer Basic Course , Warrant Officer Staff and Senior Staff Courses, Instructor Pilot, Instrument Flight Examiner, Master Gunner, Aviation Mission Survivability Officer and Aviation Material Officers Course.
Brooks’ deployments include: Operations Desert Shield/Storm/Saber (December 1990 to June 1991); Operation Iraqi Freedom, Al Asad Air Base (April 2003 to April 2004); OIF 07-09, Baghdad (July 2008 to February 2009); Operation New Dawn, Talil, Iraq, (February 2011 to December 2011) and Operation Enduring Freedom, Kandahar, Afghanistan (March 2014 to November 2014).
His awards include Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medals, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.