William Jackson, a native of the Hudson River Valley, New York, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Auburn University, Alabama; a master’s degree in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California; and a master’s certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C.
Jackson enlisted in the Navy in 1985 and began his naval career as a cryptologic technician (maintenance). His enlisted assignments included USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), where he received the honor of being bestowed the “Order of Magellan,” and Corry Station in Pensacola, where he earned the Master Training Specialist designation. Jackson was selected for the Navy Enlisted Education Advancement Program, attended Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida, and was selected for the Navy Enlisted Commissioning Program.
Jackson received his commission as an ensign in December 1995 through the Navy ROTC program at Auburn and was designated a naval flight officer in June 1997. His operational assignments included Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4 as an E-6A “Mercury” navigator, airborne communications officer, and mission commander, and Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 12 as administrative officer and operations officer, deploying twice to Naval Forward Deployed Forces Okinawa, Japan, aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) as the tactical air control officer for the expeditionary strike group.
Ashore, his assignments included Training Squadron (VT) 4 at Naval Air Station Pensacola as primary navigator flight instructor in the T-39 “Sabreliner” and with the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) as a military liaison to the Inspections and Evaluations Directorate. He deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan conducting inspections in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He retired in 2009 with more than 24 years on active duty.
Following his Navy retirement, Jackson remained with the DoD IG as a senior management and program analyst where he deployed numerous times as a project team lead and analyst to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar. Jackson was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal (Civilian) for the Global War on Terrorism, the NATO Defense Medal (Civilian) for operations in Afghanistan, and the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. He returned to Pensacola in 2015 and held positions at Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) and Commander, Navy Region Southeast prior to assuming the duties of executive director of NETPDC.
Last Updated: 10 September 2020