Rear Adm. (ret) J. Adrian (AJ) Jackson is a native of Bartow, Fla., and a 1970 graduate of Florida State University. He entered the Aviation Officer Candidate School in May 1970, and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 1972 at NAS Kingsville, Texas. Rear Adm. Jackson's active duty assignments included NS Rota, Spain, Attack Squadron Eighty One (VA-81) aboard USS Forrestal (CV-59), and the staff of Commander, Light Attack Wing One, NAS Cecil Field, Fla. Rear Adm. Jackson affiliated with the Naval Reserve in July 1978. He commanded Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Nine (VR-59), NR Carrier Group 0170, and NR Commander Seventh Fleet 111. His other Naval Reserve assignments include VA-1074; VR-58; Navy Command Center 106; NR CNO N4; NR COMSEVENTHFLT 111 as the N3 Operations/Training Officer; Chairman, Commander Naval Reserve Force Policy Board; and Chairman, Secretary of the Navy National Naval Reserve Policy Board. Rear Adm. Jackson was selected for Flag rank in June 1998, and in October 1998, he assumed duties as Deputy/Vice Commander, Maritime Defense Zone, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. In October 1999, he was assigned as Commander, Rear Area Command, U.S. Seventh Fleet. In this role he also assumed duties as Commander, U.S. Naval Shore Based Forces Korea, during exercise or contingency operations in Korea. In July 2001, Rear Adm. Jackson began his final assignment at U.S. Central Command as the Deputy Director (Reserve) for Plans and Policy (J5). From March 2002 until May 2004, Rear Adm. Jackson was also assigned additional duties as Commander, Naval Reserve Readiness Command South. In this capacity he supervised the training and administration of over 10,000 Naval Reservists in 29 Naval Reserve Centers in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas. Rear Adm. Jackson was promoted to Rear Admiral (Upper Half) on Oct. 12, 2001. Rear Adm. Jackson's military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and other unit and campaign awards.