Warrior Games Executive Council | Mary M. Jackson

Mary M. Jackson

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy

Jackson retired in July 2020 after over three decades of service in the United States Navy. She began her career as a Surface Warfare Officer serving on and off Navy warships achieving command of USS McFAUL (DDG 74), an Arleigh Burke class destroyer. She subsequently went on to command the Navy’s largest Navy base, Naval Station Norfolk where she was the equivalent of a city manager or Mayor for a city with a population of 64,000 people, managing operational and service industries while managing the Navy’s relationship with local agencies, surrounding communities, and national media. Upon selection as a Flag Officer she served in Shore installation Regional and Enterprise wide (Navy Installations Command) assignments ultimately accountable for $7.5B and 53,000 personnel executing efficient and effective operational, material and personnel programs from facility management, utilities, port and air operations, security, crisis response, and Sailor/family support services (lodging, food services, childcare, fitness) for 71 Navy installations across 10 Regions providing global support to the Navy and Joint forces. An experienced Enterprise Risk manager who navigated multiple significant natural and manmade incidents through crisis management to include cyber intrusions, active shooter attacks, pandemic, hurricane and earthquake events, and shore support to ship and aviation mishaps. She served on the Navy’s equivalent of the Corporate Board advising the Chief of Naval Operations and Secretary of the Navy on strategy related to infrastructure, shore resiliency, and diversity and inclusion.

Currently, Jackson contributes as an independent advisor, serves as a board member for the Greater Jacksonville Area USO and the Surface Navy Association, and is pursuing for-profit board roles.

Jackson holds a Bachelors Degree in Physics (Oceanography emphasis) from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters of Engineering Management from George Washington University.

Vice Admiral Jackson was raised in the Middle East, where her father worked for U.S. Geological Survey, and claims Texas as her home state. She and her family currently reside in Jacksonville, Florida.