Chief Master Sgt. Sandra R. Jackson, a Pine Bluff native, will officially retire from the Air Force after 30 years of service during a retirement ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas Community Activities Center, Building 868, on the Little Rock Air Force Base at Jacksonville.
Jackson is the chief of Cyber Plans and Resources Flight, 189th Airlift Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard, Little Rock Air Force Base. She oversees planning, development, management, and enforcement of Air National Guard and local information technology and communications architecture.
Jackson, an Active Guard Reserve (AGR), graduated with honors from Dollarway High School in May 1984. She enlisted in the Army Reserve in May 1983 and attended basic military training at Fort McClellan, Ala., and in May 1984 attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Quartermaster at Fort Lee, Va. She was a member of the Reserve until June 1990 and then assigned to the 444th Maintenance Company at Camden. In July 1990, she enlisted in the Arkansas Air National Guard, 189th Airlift Wing.
While in the Air National Guard, she has been assigned to medical services technician, 189th Medical Clinic, Little Rock AFB; information management specialist, 123rd Reconnaissance Tactical Command Squadron, Little Rock AFB; personnel specialist, 189th Mission Support Squadron, Little Rock AFB; information management specialist, 189th Mission Support Flight, Little Rock AFB; and plans and programs manager, 189th Communications Flight, Arkansas ANG, Little Rock AFB, AR., Her current assignment is with the 189 Communications Flight.
Jackson deployed in support of Operations Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraq Freedom. She was promoted to chief master sergeant, the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force, in August 2011.
Her educational achievements include an associate degree in information management from Community College of the Air Force; bachelor of science in management from Park University at Parkville, Mo.; master in computer information resource management with emphasis in human resource development from Webster University at St. Louis; and associate degree in professional management from Community College of the Air Force.
Her military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two devices, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with two devices, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with three devices, National Defense Service Medal with one device, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one device, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, Air Force Longevity Service with five devices, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one M device, Air Force Training Ribbon and Army Service Ribbon.
Jackson is an active member of Greater New Travelers Rest Baptist Church. She has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 18 years and holds the current position of Troop 1103 unit commissioner and training. She is also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Lodge 145 at Pine Bluff. She is married to Isaiah Jackson and they have four children and 10 grandchildren. She is the daughter of James Howell Jr. and Earnestine Howell of Pine Bluff.
In retirement, Jackson said she plans to work with the Troops to Teachers Program, which will fit right into her other plans of relaxing, traveling and spending quality time with family.