McCoy has welcomed a new Garrison Deputy Commander to the Command
Col. Annie Jackson brings with her a wealth of knowledge and
experience to the position. She has served in a variety of assignments
in the Signal Corps, including various leadership positions throughout
both the active and reserve components. In the 99-year history of Fort
McCoy, Jackson is the first female and first African American to ever
hold this position. This makes Jackson a trailblazer in many respects,
and she is determined to set a positive example for others serving in
of my primary goals as garrison deputy commander will be fostering a
more customer-oriented work force," said Jackson, who has been in
her position at Fort McCoy for about one month. "I want to
sustain a positive and professional relationship with tenant
organizations as well as customer units by understanding their
requirements and expectations in order to better support current and
future missions. I also want to assist the garrison commander in
providing a secure environment and good quality of life to all
Soldiers and their families serving here."
an Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) Soldier, comes to Fort McCoy after a
four-and-one-half year tour as Chief of Operations for the 335th
Signal Command (Theater) at East Point, Ga. She plans to apply her
unique experiences and knowledge attained during 20 years of service
as an active-duty, Troop Program Unit and AGR Soldier to help support
the training mission at Fort McCoy.
brings comprehensive knowledge and an understanding of the
mobilization process from cradle to grave. Having served on the U.S.
Army Forces Command G-6 (assistant chief of staff, command, control,
communications, and computer operations) staff, Jackson was
responsible for identifying and sourcing signal assets to fulfill U.S.
Central Command (CENTCOM) requirements. Her responsibilities as the
Chief of Operations required her to take on and manage not only signal
assets but chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear assets as
well. Not only sourcing, alerting, mobilizing and deploying assets in
support of the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR) but supporting the
homeland as well.
Having served in the CENTCOM AOR, Jackson
understands the challenges reservists face.
been intricately involved in every aspect of the Army mobilization and
deployment processes, and I understand what our servicemembers are
going through," Jackson said. "AGR, active-duty, reserve
component ó thereís not a delineation in-theater. Itís one team,
also has served as an observer/controller during lanes training so she
knows what it takes to have successful training to prepare for the
McCoy has some excellent ranges, facilities and training areas to
accomplish the necessary training. Upon seeing the installationís
training facilities, Jackson said they were far beyond what she
believed they would be.
urban assault courses are very well organized and help Soldiers train
for their upcoming missions. "Iím really impressed at what Iíve
seen here," Jackson said. "It makes a difference in
providing Soldiers realistic training."
said she was honored and excited to be chosen the first female,
African-American Soldier to be garrison deputy commander.
truly a ground-breaking (assignment) and one of the most challenging
and rewarding positions Iíve ever held," she said. "I hope
to set the stage for a lot of other women to follow me."
primary focus is taking care of Soldiers and their families," she
said. "I want to assure the Soldiers that I am committed to
providing a safe and quality environment for them and their
also am looking forward to the opportunity to work together with the
local communities that do so much to help support Fort McCoy"
can be reached at (608) 388-3405.