SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Col.
Mark Jackson, of Frankfort, Illinois, was selected May 12 as an inductee into
the 2016 inaugural class of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (ROTC)
Hall of Fame. Jackson was invited to the
induction ceremony that will be held June 10 at the United States Army Cadet
Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Hall of Fame induction is awarded to alumni whose character and distinguished
service epitomizes the qualities the Army ROTC embodies. A permanent record of Jackson’s service and
accomplishments will be added to the Hall of Fame and Illinois State
University’s ROTC program, from which he received his commission, will receive
a duplicate certificate to display.
said he knew he was nominated in the fall of 2015 by Illinois State University
but he was completely shocked to have made it this far.
has meant so much to me and I am deeply honored and blessed to be a honoree,”
Jackson said. “I could not have gotten
this far in my military career without God, my family, great non-commissioned
officers who believed enough in me to train me, wonderful commanders who saw
something in me to mentor me and the Soldiers who followed me.”
induction coincides with the Army ROTC’s Centennial Commemoration Ceremony,
where the program will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
was recently recognized on Feb. 27 when he earned the Legion of Merit, the
fourth highest honor for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, for exceptional
meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service and
previously commanded of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Urbana,
Illinois, and the 65th Troop Command Brigade in Springfield, Illinois. He currently serves on the Illinois National
Guard’s joint staff as the Director of Operations and Training.
also continues to develop relations with the Illinois National Guard’s Polish
counterparts as part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.