Rear Admiral Mary M. Jackson, USN Commander, Navy Region Southeast
Rear Admiral Jackson hails from Wimberley, Texas. She graduated from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas and entered the United States Naval Academy in July 1984. She graduated with the Class of 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with an emphasis in Oceanography. Jackson earned a graduate degree from George Washington University in Engineering Management and is qualified as a Joint Specialty Officer.
At sea, Jackson has served in ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets with deployed operations in the Atlantic, Caribbean, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, and Western Pacific areas of operation. Her sea assignments include Assistant Operations Officer and Navigator in USS Willamette (AO 180); Operations Officer in USS Briscoe (DD 977); Operations Officer in USS Vella Gulf (CG 72); and Executive Officer of USS Stout (DDG 55). Jackson commanded USS McFaul (DDG 74) serving as the Flagship for CTF 158 and CDS 50 in the Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea/ Gulf of Oman.
Her assignments ashore include Seamanship and Navigation Instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy; Theater Air and Missile Defense Officer (J85) at US Joint Forces Command, Flag Secretary to Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic Fleet; and Head, Surface Junior Officer Assignments (PERS 412) at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee. Jackson served as Executive Officer at Naval Station Norfolk, and subsequently commanded Naval Station Norfolk. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff to Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Rear Admiral Jackson assumed command of Navy Region Southeast on 18 July 2014.
In addition to her military personal decorations which include the Legion of Merit, she has been recognized numerous times for her community involvement. Rear Admiral Jackson is an alumnus of the Civic Leadership Institute of Hampton Roads and was recognized in 2012 as a Famous Former Girl Scout by the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast in Virginia. She currently serves as an Ex-Officio member of the JAXChamber 2016 Board of Directors. Rear Admiral Jackson, her husband, and two children reside in Jacksonville and are proud to be part of such an amazing and vibrant community.