Mr Jack Sparks

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Mr Jack Sparks

        I graduated high school in 1978 from Mountain Home High School. I received an athletic scholarship to Weber State University. I received my secondary school teaching credentials in 1983. I taught high school biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Research Design, AP Chemistry, and AP Biology for several years at Roy High School in Roy, Utah.

           In 1987, I joined the Army as a Private First Class and then went to Officer Candidate School in 1988 upon completion I became a Second Lieutenant with a military occupational specialty of  a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical officer.  I retired after 22 years and 3 combat tours as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2009. Throughout my 22 years in the Army I have held several leadership positions from small units to large units.I was selected as the first-ever chemical officer to lead a special operations company in 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Airborne (SOAR), Fort Campbell, KY. Where I led an organization of 230 military personnel and 100 contractors engaged in training support requirements. I controlled a $7 million budget and accounted for an ammunition inventory worth $48 million. I forecasted supply requirements and managed supply actions and established a movement control center to track multiple deploying units, organized an emergency operations center, and coordinated operations in a deployed theater of operations. I commanded a company in the only chemical organization prepared to deploy worldwide on short notice in support of Federal agencies to mitigate chemical hazards. I supervised and led a team of 51 and accounted for $3 million worth of specialized equipment.

I served as Deputy Director of Special Operations Policy in the Pentagon where I was selected by the Assistant Secretary of Defense to establish and stand up the Special Operations Policy Directorate. I served as an expert advisor to the FBI in designing and implementing counterterrorism programs focusing on complex crisis management issues for major special events, and finally I served as the Senior Nuclear Biological and Chemical Officer of 101st Airborne Division. Where I lead a cohesive team of 24 personnel managing all aspects of force readiness, requirements, rotations, and modernization at the strategic level for 277 deployed units to Afghanistan (with approximately 30,000 deployed personnel, and the rotation of over 2000 personnel per month). I coordinated with five major joint organizations to execute and track rotations and managed a personnel contract of $10 Million and an equipment budget of $7 billion.

With my experiences I have the ability to blend Nuclear, Biological and Chemical theories with actual applications.  I was also the commandant of a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical school for 3 years at Fort Campbell, KY.  

I received my MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2000. Upon Retirement I taught at Kuna High School for six years.  I taught AP Chemistry, CC Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, General Biology, Physical Science and served three years as the Science Department Chair.  Here at Renaissance High School I am teaching IB HL Chemistry, General Chemistry and CC Chemistry 111 from CWI. currently serving as the RHS science chair