Major General Anthony L. Jackson
Major General Jackson recently retired from the United States Marine Corps after 36 years of service. Prior to his retirement, Major General Jackson served as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West. Major General Anthony L. Jackson was born in Fort Lewis, Washington. He graduated from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, 1971. In 1973, he completed his MA (History) at San Jose State. In May 2011, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (H.C.) from the Trustees of The California State University and San Jose State University. In May 1975, he enlisted in the Marine Corps to attend Officer Candidate School. Upon graduating from the Basic School in June 1976, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. While there, he served as a Rifle and Weapons Platoon Commander and Battalion Adjutant. In 1978, he left the regular Marine Corps; however, he continued to serve in the reserves as the Weapons Platoon Commander, "L" Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Upon returning to the regular Marine Corps in December 1979, he was again assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. During this tour, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer and as a Rifle and Weapons Company Commander. In February 1982, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA. While there, he served as a Battalion Operations Officer, Company Commander, and Officer-in-Charge, Recruit Field Training Division. In June 1984, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer, Marine Detachment, USS Long Beach (CGN-9), home ported in San Diego, CA. In July 1988, he was transferred to 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Kaneohe Bay, HI. While in 1st MEB, he served consecutively as a Headquarters and Service Company Commander and Combat Service Support Plans Officer in Brigade Service Support Group-1, and as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer of 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines. After completing his tour with 1st MEB, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA. Upon graduation in June 1990, he then served as a Senior Emergency Action Officer in the National Military Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, DC until July 1992. Upon transfer, MajGen Jackson served as the Chief of Instructors, The Basic School, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, VA. From July 1993 to June 1995, he was the Commanding Officer, Marine Security Forces, Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA. In June 1997, he completed an assignment as the Advisor to the Commandant of the Marine Corps on Equal Opportunity matters and as the Head of the Equal Opportunity Branch, Headquarters, Marine Corps. In June 1998, he graduated from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Upon graduation from the War College, he was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-7, I Marine Expeditionary Force. He served in that billet from June 1998-June 2000. He then served as the Commanding Officer, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. After that assignment, he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan where he was the Division's Chief of Staff. During that assignment, he served concurrently as the Chief of Staff, Joint Task Force-555, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. From August 2003 until March 2005, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff (G-5), First Marine Expeditionary Force and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. From June 2005 to September 2007, he served as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Marine Forces, Central Command. From September 2007 to September 2009, MajGen Jackson was the Director of Operations and Logistics, U.S. Africa Command located in Stuttgart, Germany. MajGen Jackson completed both the Amphibious Warfare School and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College by correspondence. His personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal (w/two gold stars for second and third award), the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (w/two gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (w/one gold star), the Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (w/bronze star) Iraqi Campaign Medal (w/two bronze stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (w/silver and bronze star), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (w/bronze star), and the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon. He is married to the former Susan Gail Steinbach of Lafayette California; and they have two sons Brian and Blaine Jackson.