Richard D. Jackson
Mr. Jackson hails from Clare, Michigan, has been married to his wife, Tonia, for 36 years and they have three children together all with college degrees. He served in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1989 and was stationed at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma, where he served four years as a Flight Simulation Technician supporting the C-5 and C-141 Aircraft. During his tour he was selected as Airmen of the Quarter twice and was selected to attend a three month advanced computer school, where he was ranked at the top of the class.
In March of 1989 after his military service, Mr. Jackson transitioned to the Civilian sector, supporting the KC-135 Aircraft Simulator, Trident Nuclear Submarine Simulator, B52 Aircraft Simulator, M60A3, M1A1, and M1A2 Tank Simulators. He worked at multiple sites including, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, McCord AFB, Washington, Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan, Fort Knox, KY, and Tabuk and Riyadh, both in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2002, after 25 years as a Simulation Technician, Mr. Jackson earned the Microsoft MCSE certification in 2001 and transitioned into an IT career. After returning to the United States from Riyadh KSA he worked with Lockheed Martin in the Battle Lab as an IMO for two years from 2002 to 2004.
Mr. Jackson began his United States Civil Service career with the NEC (DOIM at the time) in April of 2004 to be the first Cyber Analyst for the Information Assurance Branch, now called Cyber Security. Mr. Jackson continued working his way up to become the Cyber Business Division Chief. During his time as the Cyber Business Division Chief, he led the Fort Knox NEC transition from DIACAP to Risk Management Framework, and obtained a three year Authority to Operate for both NIPR and SIPR Networks with no eMASS package returns. Additionally, he created one of the best Cyber Programs in the Army and Fort Knox has passed all Command Cyber Readiness Inspections (CCRI) with high marks. He was asked by 7th Signal Command to join a CCRI Tiger Team and was sent to eight sites to assist with preparing them for a CCRI inspection, and all of the sites obtained a passing CCRI score. He earned a Bachelor’s in Information Technology from Western Governors University in 2016, a CISSP in 2008, and over a dozen IT certifications from 2004 to present. Mr. Jackson received a Civilian
Achievement Medal and 10 Commander’s Coins throughout his DA Civilian service. He is enthusiastic about leading the team of professionals at the Fort Knox Local Network Enterprise Center (LNEC) as of August 2022 and will work closely with the LNEC team and the mission partners to ensure the Fort Knox NEC is highly effective in supporting the Fort Knox mission.