Rear Adm. Lawrence B. Jackson, a native of New Orleans, was commissioned in 1984, after graduating from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Virginia.
Upon completion of Surface Warfare School, he reported to the USS Conyngham (DDG 17) where he served in a variety of engineering billets, culminating as main propulsion assistant. When Conyngham aided USS Stark (FFG 31), after it had been hit by two air-to-surface missiles, Jackson led fire-fighting and damage control teams, for which he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.
He later served as Combat Information Center and assistant operations officer aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CG 47).
Reserve assignments included Area Air Defense Command, Atlantic aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20); Naval Amphibious Group 2; and the Navy Command Center.
Jackson’s command experience includes reserve units with Submarine Group 10 (Force Protection), Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, Military Sealift Command Norfolk and Navy Installations Command.
Jackson’s deployed experience includes a 2008 assignment to the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq where he served as an advisor and as chief of staff for the Ministry of Defense Advisory Team. In 2010, Jackson served as the Destroyer Squadron 40 deputy commodore and deployed to Haiti in USNS Comfort (TAH 20) in support of Operation Unified Response.
Previous flag assignments include director of strategy, plans and logistics (J5/J4) at U.S. Transportation Command, deputy commander of the Military Sealift Command and reserve deputy director, Warfare Integration Division, OPNAV (N9I).