Col. Jennifer Denise Wesley, a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, will retire from the U.S. Army after 30 years of honorable military service, according to a news release.


Wesley is currently serving at the Pentagon as the Chief of Strategy and Plans Division, Army G-4. She will retire May 31.


A retirement ceremony will be held in Wesley’s honor at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, at UAPB.


The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army G-4, Lt. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee, will host the ceremony, according to the release.


In her Pentagon post, Wesley is is responsible for providing the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, logistical analysis that support the development and implementation of operational plans and policies at the strategic level. She is also responsible for writing and developing the implementation plan for the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 Logistics Strategic Planning Guidance, according to the release.


A native of Camden, she is the 12th of 13 children born to the late Henry Lee and Annie Mae Wesley. She graduated from Camden High School in 1985.


Wesley was commissioned into the Army as an ordnance officer on May 6, 1989, from UAPB where she graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She received a master’s degree from Webster University in 2005 and a second master’s degree from the Army War College in 2014.


“Colonel Wesley’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), Overseas Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal,” according to the release.


Wesley is a member of the UAPB Commissioned Officer Association, UAPB Washington, D.C., Alumni Chapter, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.