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Sergeant First Class Mark Wayne Jackson was born in Saginaw, Michigan.
Sergeant First Class Jackson started Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as a member of the United States Army Reserve. His other military schools include the Motor Transport Operators course and on the job training as an artillery soldier in B Battery, 4th Battalion, 38th Field Artillery at Bad Axe, Michigan, cannon crewman course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
He attended the Instructor Training Course, Ranger Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, and the Jumpmaster Course. He graduated from the Special Forces Weapons Sergeants Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He completed Basic Military Language Course for Persian Farsi, Tank Commander Certification Course, Aviation in Foreign Internal Defense Course, and the Special Forces Assistant Operations Course.
Sergeant First Class Jackson attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, for basic Arabic. Sergeant First Class Jackson was assigned as the Operations Sergeant of Operational Detachment Alpha 145. On October 2, 2002, while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom Sergeant First Class Jackson and five Filipino soldiers were killed when a man on a motorcycle set off a nail-laden, homemade bomb at an open-air restaurant.
Sergeant First Class Mark Jackson awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters. The Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Southwest Asia Service Ribbon with Bronze Service Star. The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with arrowhead, the Army Good Conduct Medal fifth award, the National Defense Service Ribbon with Bronze Star, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with three device, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Overseas Service Ribbon.
Sergeant First Class Jackson's decorations include the Expert Infantry Badge, the Master Parachutists Badge, the Military Free Fall Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, the Jordanian Parachutist Badge, the Bahraini Parachutist Badge, the Russian Parachutist Badge, the Korean Parachutist Badge, and the Royal Thai Army Parachutist Badge.
Sergeant First Class Mark Jackson is survived by his mother, Janice M. Jackson, and siblings, Kimberly Ann Baase and Richard J. Jackson.