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January 13, 2013

SALUTING OUR VETERANS: Woman launched Navy career at the age of 41


Because of her age, Jackson had several memorable experiences while serving in the Navy, including being recognized as the oldest sailor at the Fleet Intelligence Center in Hawaii, where she had the opportunity to cut the Navy’s birthday cake along with the center’s youngest sailor.

Jackson made Chief in 1991, the oldest sailor every initiated into the rank of Chief at the Naval Air Station in Key West, Fla.

In 1995, she was chosen as a member of the Tactical Analysis Team for Barbados. Shortly after that, a family issue would bring Jackson back home.

“I spent five months active duty in Key West and five months in Barbados before learning that my husband was facing bypass surgery, so I requested a release from active duty and came back to Fort Worth in April of 1996,” she said.

Jackson spent her last two years in the Navy attached to the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C.

“On one two-week training course there, we toured every intelligence office in the area, and it was wonderful,” she said.

Jackson would go on to apply for, and receive reserve transition benefits, retiring after 18 years of service.

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