Colonel Mark C. Jackson assumed duties as the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Commander in November 2012. His previous assignment was as the 65th Troop Command Brigade Commander for roughly four years. COL Jackson commands more than 3,000 Soldiers serving in infantry, combat service and support elements.
COL Jackson enlisted into the Illinois Army National Guard in June 1984. He commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 1987 after completing the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Illinois State University.
COL Jackson has served in several leadership positions from platoon leader to brigade commander. He also served as a staff officer from the company to brigade level. COL Jackson deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom January 2005 to May 2006 as the Task Force Commander with the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment. COL Jackson served as a Force Protection Liaison Officer under Task Force Santa Fe, with U.S. Army – Europe from January 2002 to August 2002 for Operation Enduring Freedom. He deployed to Kuwait in August 2000 to February 2001 as the Security Force Commander with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment for Operation Desert Spring.
COL Jackson's professional education includes a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College and Governors State University; bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University; and an associate’s degree from Parkland Community College.
COL Jackson's awards include a Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Service Star), Iraqi Campaign Medal (2nd Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Silver Hour Glass), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M Device and 3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon.
COL Jackson's civic affiliations include membership in the National Guard Association of Illinois (Life); National Guard Association of the United States (Life); Hall of Fame Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post (Life); Fraternal Order of Police; U.S. Army War College Alumni Association (Life); Governors State University Alumni; Illinois State University Alumni; National Infantry Association; Harley Owner’s Group; Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion); Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Master SCUBA Diver; and PADI Rescue Diver.
As of October 2013
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Command Sergeant Major Timothy E. Beck is the Senior Enlisted
Adviser for the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), Illinois Army National
Guard. He leads the noncommissioned officer corps of the brigade and is
responsible for all areas impacting the brigade’s Soldiers including leadership,
training, education, discipline, family, morale and welfare.
CSM Beck enlisted in the Army in July 1976 as a radio
operator. He attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Basic
Airborne School, Ranger School, Pathfinder School at Fort Benning, Georgia;
Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces Operations/Intelligence
Course, Special Forces Jumpmaster Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Primary
Leadership Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky; Advanced Noncommissioned Officers
Course at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; First Sergeants Course at Volk Field, Wisconsin
and the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas.
CSM Beck held various leadership positions throughout his
career including radio operator, transmitter section chief, and platoon sergeant
with Signal Company 10th Special Forces Group; Special Forces weapons sergeant,
Special Forces intelligence sergeant with Operational Detachment 1224; Special
Forces senior operations sergeant with the Operational Detachment 1225; Special
Forces company sergeant major with Company B, 1st Battalion, 12th Special Forces
Group; company sergeant major with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces
Group; command sergeant major, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force
(CJSOTF)- Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovina; future
plans and operations sergeant major, Combined Joint Special Operations Task
Force-Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A) in Bagram, Afghanistan; advance operational base
sergeant major, CJSOTF-A in Mazar-E-Sharif, Afghanistan; command sergeant major
for the Regional Corps Advisory Command, 205th Corps Afghan National Army in
Kandahar, Afghanistan; and Special Operations Coalition Forces director, CJSOTF-
A in Bagram, Afghanistan.
CSM Beck deployed to Afghanistan with the 33rd IBCT as part
of Task Force Phoenix in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, completed three
combat tours to Afghanistan with the CJSOTF-A and one combat tour to Bosnia in
support of Operation Joint Forge. Prior to his current assignment, CSM
Beck was the command sergeant major for the 2nd Squadron, 106th Cavalry Regiment
and sergeant major for Company A, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group.
CSM Beck's awards and decorations include the Combat Infantry
Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge,
Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Joint Service
Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), Joint Service
Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Good Conduct Medal (2nd
Award), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (3rd Award), National Defense
Service Medal (2nd Award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces
Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on
Terrorism Service Medal, Southwest Asia Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service
Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional
Development Ribbon (4th Award), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service
Ribbon (5th Award), Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (7th Award),
NATO Medal Bosnia, NATO Medal Afghanistan, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Illinois
Abraham Lincoln Medal of Freedom (4th Award), State of Illinois Long and
Honorable Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Superior Unit Award, Joint
Meritorious Unit Award and Meritorious Unit Citation.
As of October 2013
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