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In his current role, Rear Admiral Lawrence B. "Larry" Jackson serves as the deputy commander for the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command.
A native of New Orleans, Jackson was commissioned in 1984, after graduating from the ROTC program at University of Virginia.
Upon completion of Surface Warfare School, he reported to the USS Conyngham (DDG-17) where he served in a variety of engineering billets, culminating as Main Propulsion Assistant. When Conyngham aided USS Stark (FFG-31) after it had been hit by two air-to-surface missiles, Jackson led fire-fighting and damage control teams, for which he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. He later served as CIC Officer aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47).
Reserve assignments included Area Air Defense Command, Atlantic aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20); Naval Amphibious Group Two; and the Navy Command Center. Jackson's command experience includes reserve units with Submarine Group 10 (Force Protection), Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, Navy Installations Command and Military Sealift Command.
Jackson's deployed experience includes a 2008 assignment to the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq where he served as an advisor and as chief of staff for the Ministry of Defense Advisory Team. In 2010, Jackson served as the Destroyer Squadron 40 deputy commodore and deployed to Haiti in USNS Comfort (TAH-20) in support of Operation Unified Response.
In his civilian capacity and prior to his current assignment, Jackson directed media relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Jackson's awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and Navy Expeditionary Medal.