Colonel Kevin Jackson is a native of Chicago Illinois. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Artillery Branch through North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.
Col. Jackson currently serves as the Commander of the 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment at Ramstein Airbase, Germany. His previous assignments include: Afghanistan Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy), Joint Staff Operations Officer (J35), Battalion Commander 2-15th Field Artillery Regiment, Officer Distribution Branch Chief HRC, Field Artillery Lieutenant Colonel Assignment Officer, Battalion Operations and Executive Officer for 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment and Brigade Operations Officer for 17th Fires Brigade, Fort Lewis WA and various company grade level assignments. His operational deployments include multiple tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) (3), Operation Resolute Support (Afghanistan) and Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo).
His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course, the Infantry Officers Captains Career Course, Command and Staff General College and Eisenhower School at National Defense University (NDU). His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Concordia College, a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Management from Webster’s University and a Master’s of Science in National Security Resources from NDU.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Colonel Jackson is married and they have five adult children.