Frank JensenCity Attorney
Lt Col Frank V. Jensen is an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) judge advocate assigned to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base Oklahoma. Lt Col Jensen serves as the Senior IMA and an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the General, Claims and Labor Law Divisions providing legal advice and support in the areas of military justice, general civil law, legal assistance, tort claims and labor law. In his civilian employment, Lt Col Jensen holds the position of City Attorney for the City of Lawton, Oklahoma, where he supervises five assistant city attorneys.
Lt Col Jensen entered active duty as a Navy Judge Advocate in August 1985. Upon graduation from Naval Justice School, he reported to the USS VOGE and USS SAMPSON for short deployments before arriving at his first permanent duty station, Naval Air Station (NAS) Memphis, in January 1986. While at NAS Memphis, Lt Col Jensen served as trial counsel, defense counsel, legal assistance department head and command advice attorney. He was also appointed a Special Assistant U. S. Attorney responsible for the prosecution of misdemeanor offenses under the Federal Magistrate’s Program.
Upon detaching from NAS Memphis, Lt Col Jensen reported to Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) Bangor, Washington, for duty as the base judge advocate. Additionally, he was appointed a special prosecutor by Commander, Submarine Group Nine, and stood watch as the command duty officer. He was again also appointed a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney primarily for the purpose of prosecuting protesters who interfered with the movement of nuclear missile parts.
Lt Col Jensen left active duty in August 1990, and immediately affiliated with the Navy Reserve as an appellate defense counsel. He remained in that position until his transfer to the Air Force Reserve in October 1997, immediately after the effective date of promotion to his current rank. In addition to his regular tours of duty at Tinker AFB, Lt Col Jensen has completed many special tours at other bases and twice served as an instructor at training courses on Article 32 investigations conducted by Air Force Material Command.
Shortly after leaving active duty, Lt Col Jensen began his civilian career as an assistant city attorney-litigator. He has defended more than two hundred cases in federal and state courts, including numerous death and major injury cases. He has avoided any liability for his client in well over half of those cases through dispositive motions at the pleading, pretrial and trial stages of the proceedings. In 1997, Lt Col Jensen was promoted to the supervisory position of Deputy City Attorney in addition to continuing his role as senior litigation attorney. In 2009, he was promoted to his current position of City Attorney. Lt Col Jensen also serves as the legal advisor to several boards and commissions in his community with interests ranging from the arts and humanities to combating discrimination in employment and housing.
Lt Col Jensen married Pamela June Baldas on March 11, 1980. They have two children, Macy, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and Ryan, a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
1982 Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Cameron University, Lawton, OK
1985 Juris Doctor, University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, OK
1985 Naval Officer Indoctrination School, Newport Naval Base, Newport, RI
1985 Naval Justice School, Newport Naval Base, Newport, RI
2002 Air War College, by correspondence
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Navy Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
AF Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal