COL Mark C. Jackson of Frankfort was assigned to the
65th Troop Command Brigade (TCB) as its commander on January 1, 2009.
Prior to his current assignment he was Evaluations Branch Chief with the
Illinois National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters for roughly three
COL Jackson was born February 15, 1965 in Elgin. His
professional education includes a Master's Degree from the U.S. Army War
College and the Governors State University, Bachelor's Degree from the
Illinois State University and an Associate's Degree from Parkland
COL Jackson enlisted into the Illinois Army National
Guard in June 1984. Jackson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in
May 1987 after completing the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Illinois
State University. He Colonel Mark C. Jackson 65th Troop Command Brigade,
Illinois Army National Guard has served in several leadership positions
from platoon leader to brigade commander. Jackson also served as a staff
officer from the company to brigade level. Jackson was 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.
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. Jackson 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.
His awards include a Combat Infantryman Badge,
Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4th
Award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (4th
Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (6th Award), National
Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal,
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed
Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hour Glass, Armed Forces Reserve Medal
with M Device (2nd 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; National Guard
Association of the United States; National Guard Association of
Illinois; Hall of Fame ISU College of Applied Science & Technology;
Peace Community Church; Veteran's of Foreign Wars Member; Fraternal
Order of Police; U.S. Army War College Alumni Association; Governors
State University Alumni; Illinois State University Alumni; National
Infantry Association; Harley Owner's Group, Order of Saint Maurice, PADI
Master SCUBA Diver; PADI Rescue Diver.
Command Sgt. Maj. Allan P. Freeland of Mason City was
assigned to the 65th Troop Command Brigade (TCB) as its senior enlisted adviser
on June 1, 2009. Prior to his current assignment he was the noncommissioned
officer in charge of operations with the 65th TCB for roughly three years.
CSM Freeland was born in Dayton, Ohio October 30, 1957 and
enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1975 as a combat engineer. Freeland graduated from
Petersburg Porta High School in Petersburg, Illinois and attended Lincoln Land
Community College, Springfield, Illinois.
CSM Freeland enlisted into the Air National Guard prior to
joining the Army National Guard. He has served in every enlisted leadership
position from squad leader to brigade senior enlisted adviser. Freeland deployed
to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom December 2003 to February 2005 as
the noncommissioned officer in charge of operations with the 1st Battalion,
106th Aviation Regiment in Peoria.
Command Sergeant Major Allan P. Freeland 65th Troop Command
Brigade, Illinois Army National Guard His awards include Meritorious Service
Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal
with three oak leaf cluster, U.S Air Force Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal
7th Award, Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
Iraqi Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian
Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with �M� device, NCO Professional
Development Ribbon Numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components
Overseas Training Ribbon, Illinois Long and Honorable Service Medal 2nd Award,
Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon Numeral 12, State Active Duty Ribbon 2nd
Award, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Medal of Freedom Award, Combat Action Badge
(CAB). Numerous Citations and Letters of Commendations, Appreciations and Merit.
CSM Freeland's civic affiliations include life member
National Guard Association of Illinois, charter member Lincoln Land Community
College Alumni Association, life member the Veterans of Foreign Wars and life
member of Harley Owners Group.