WID FC and SAME 2017 Signature Kick Off Event

Rear Admiral Mary M. Jackson

Commander, Navy Region Southeast


Wednesday January 18, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EST
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Please join Women In Defense First Coast Chapter and the Society of American Military Engineers in welcoming Rear Admiral Mary M. Jackson on January 18th for lunch and a discussion on her perspectives on leading Navy Region Southeast, prior to her appointment as the new Commander of the Navy Installations Command.  

Rear Admiral Mary M. Jackon Biography

Rear Adm. Jackson 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 on USS Willamette (AO 180); Operations Officer on USS Briscoe (DD 977); Operations Officer on USS Vella Gulf (CG 72); and Executive Officer on USS Stout (DDG 55).  Jackson commanded USS McFaul (DDG 74) and during deployment served as the Flagship for CTF158 in the North Arabian Gulf.  

Her assignments ashore include Seamanship and Navigation Instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy; Theater Air and Missile Defense Officer at U.S. 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. She then served as Chief of Staff to Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. She assumed command of Commander, Navy Region Southeast in July 2014.

Her personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various unit citations and campaign medals. 



Ramada - Mandarin 
3130 Hartley Road
Jacksonville, FL 32257

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Sara Slettebo 
Women In Defense First Coast Chapter 

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This event includes a plated lunch, so make sure you register today to ensure your selection!


We look forward to seeing you at this 2017 Signature Kick Off Event  hosted by Women In Defense First Coast Chapter and the Society of American Military Engineers.


Women In Defense (WID), a National Security Organization (WID), was established to provide women a formal environment for professional growth through networking, education and career development. Membership is open to professional women and men whose professional activities relate to national security. Women In Defense is a proud affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).   

The Jacksonville Post was one of the original Society of American Military (SAME) Posts that were chartered in 1920. SAME's mission is to advance the knowledge of the science of military engineering, to maintain the best engineering standards and traditions, to preserve the memory of services rendered by the engineering profession throughout the wars involving the United States, to foster and develop relationships of helpful interest between the engineering profession in civil life and that in the military service, to promote engineering education via awarding scholarships, providing continuing education opportunities and mentoring programs, and to sponsor readiness activities that support emergency response efforts.