COL Amy L. Jackson is currently the DCA of the SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) Clinic in Belgium.
COL Jackson’s military career began when she enlisted in the United States Army Reserves (USAR) and attended Basic Combat Training in the summer between her junior and senior year of high school. She was a Medical Supply Specialist. During her enlisted time in the USAR, she attended Kansas State University and was in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in the 1990’s. Upon completion, she was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.
Her first assignment as an officer was with the 32nd Medical Logistics Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC, where she served as the Detachment Commander for a Forward Logistical Element in Haiti. Upon her redeployment from Haiti, she became the Property Book Officer/S4. In 1996, she was the Division Medical Logistics Officer, Charlie Company, 782nd MSB, 82nd Airborne Division and later moved to Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division as the Medical Operations Officer. In 1998, she served as the Division Medical Operations Center Logistics Officer in 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea. She then became the Chief of Material Branch at Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, TX. In 1999, she commanded Echo Company, 704th Division Support Battalion, Fort Hood, TX. From 2002-2004, she attended and completed the Interservice Physician Assistant Program and was reappointed as an Army Medical Specialist Corps officer. Her first assignment as a Physician Assistant was with 2-101 Brigade Special Troops Battalion (BSTB) 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY where she deployed to Iraq from September 2005 to September 2006. Upon redeployment she moved to 526th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) of 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT). She deployed to Afghanistan with 801st BSB, 4th BCT from March 2008 to April 2009. She was then selected as the 65D (PA) Assignment Officer at Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, KY from May of 2010 to June 2012. She assumed the duties of the Army Medical Specialist Corps Deputy Branch Chief until her departure in June 2013. She then served as the Brigade Executive Officer for 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO, from August 2013 until August 2014. She served as the Director for Medical Services at the DiLorenzo Tricare Health Clinic from September 2014 to May 2015. She was the 188th Medical Battalion Commander prior to her current assignment. Her military education include AMEDD Officer Basic Course, AMEDD Officer Advance Course, Medical Logistics Management Course, Airborne, Air Assault, Jumpmaster, Support Operations Course, Combat Casualty Care Course, Interservice Physician Assistant Program, Army Command and General Staff College, AMEDD Executive Skills Course, AMEDD and TRADOC Pre-Command Course, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course, and the Defense Strategy Course.
She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Sciences from Kansas State University and a Bachelors and Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Some of her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (1 OLC) the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Navy Achievement Medal, Air Assault Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, and Senior Parachutist Badge. Her skill identifiers are: 9A professional designation, Defense Strategist, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She is a member of the coveted Order of Military Merit and an Iron Majors recipient.
As illustrated by her deployments, awards, and decorations, COL Jackson leads from the front and is a consummate professional.
Acknowledgments: This biography was written by LTC Amelia Duran-Stanton, MAJ Patrick Walsh, and COL Jackson and was submitted to the Society in September 2017. Photographs are courtesy of COL Jackson.
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