MajGen Anthony (Tony) Jackson
US Marine Corps, Retired
Major General Jackson's last assignment prior to his retirement was Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West, Camp Pendleton, California.
He 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 1975, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. Upon graduating 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 1979, he was 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 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 1984, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer, Marine Detachment, USS Long Beach (CGN-9). In 1988, he was transferred to 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Kaneohe Bay, HI. While there, 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 1990, he served as a Senior Emergency Action Officer in the National Military Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff, Washington, DC until 1992. Upon transfer, MajGen Jackson served as the Chief of Instructors, The Basic School, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, VA and was the Commanding Officer, Marine Security Forces, Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA. In 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 1998, he graduated from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Upon graduation, he was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-7, I Marine Expeditionary Force. He served in that billet from 1998-2000. He then served as the Commanding Officer, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. Followed by the 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan where he was the Division's Chief of Staff. There he served concurrently as the Chief of Staff, Joint Task Force-555, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. From 2003 until 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 2005 to 2007, he served as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Marine Forces, Central Command. From September 2007 to August 2009, he was as the Director of Operations and Logistics, U.S. Africa Command which was located in Stuttgart, Germany. In retirement, he resides in Fallbrook, California with his wife Susan.