Brig. Gen. Scott A. Jackson

Commanding General, Security Force Assistance Command


Brig. Gen. Scott Jackson was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame on May 1990. As an Infantry Officer for the last 27 years, he has served in leadership and staff positions in Airborne, Air Assault, and Mechanized Infantry Units at duty stations throughout the United States, Korea, and Iraq.  In support of the Global War on Terror, he has deployed to Iraq three times, for a cumulative 41 months

In 2003, he served as the Lead Operational Planner for the First Cavalry Division, writing the initial counter-insurgency campaign plan for Baghdad; subsequently assigned as the Executive Officer for 2nd Battalion 7th Cavalry Regiment and participated in its assault into Najaf, Iraq (August 2004) and Fallujah, Iraq (November 2004).  In 2006-2008, BG Jackson served as the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT), First Cavalry Division, Deputy Brigade Commander with duty as the Deputy Team Leader, Diyala Provincial Reconstruction Team where he was the Governance Team Leader and Senior Coalition Advisor to the Governor of Diyala, providing daily coaching, mentorship, and liaison to the Provincial Governor.

In April 2008, BG Jackson assumed command of 1st Battalion 5th Cavalry Regiment, and deployed his battalion in January 2009, assuming responsibility for Coalition Operations in the Baghdad districts of Adamiyah, Rusafa, and Taji.  During this deployment, his battalion executed the coalition withdrawal from the cities and transition of responsibility to the Iraqi Security Forces.  Following command, he was selected to be the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 (Operations and Plans) for the First Cavalry Division and subsequently selected as an Army War College Fellow, at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  While at Lincoln Laboratory, he focused his research on how technology enables the application of strategy, producing an original research project entitled, “An Operational Design Concept for Wide Area Persistent Biometric Surveillance.”

Following the War College, he served as the 3d Infantry Division (Rear) Chief of Staff while the headquarters was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. BG Jackson assumed command of the 2d Armored Brigade Combat Team (SPARTANS), on July 2013, relinquishing command in January 2015 when the Brigade was inactivated as part of the Army drawdown.  From January 2015 he served as the US Army Liaison to the United States Senate. Following this assignment he commanded the US Army’s first-ever SFAB, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade from May 2017 until July 2020

BG Jackson has earned a baccalaureate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and two Masters Degrees.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies, where he researched and analyzed command and control relationships between conventional and special operations forces in combat as seen in Afghanistan and Iraq.