Sir Mike Jackson was born in 1944, and was educated at Stamford
School, RMA Sandhurst and Birmingham University. Commissioned
from Sandhurst into the Intelligence Corps in December 1963, he
studied for an in-service degree in Russian Studies from 1964
he spent 2 years on secondment to the Parachute Regiment and subsequently
transferred from the Intelligence Corps in 1970. During the early
70s he served in Northern Ireland, and with the TA in Scotland.
He attended the
Staff College in 1976, after which he spent 2 years as the Brigade
Major of the Berlin Infantry Brigade. He then commanded a parachute
company for 2 years, once more in Northern Ireland.
After a 6 month
course at the National Defence College at Latimer in 1981, he
joined the Directing Staff at the Staff College. His two and a
half year tour at Camberley included a 10 week attachment to the
Ministry of Defence during the Falklands conflict.
1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment from March 1984 to September
1986. Throughout his period of command, the Battalion was part
of the NATOs Allied Command Europe Mobile Force, a role
which included 3 winters spent in Norway on arctic training.
For just over
2 years, until the end of 1988, he was the Senior Directing Staff
(Army) at the Joint Service Defence College, Greenwich.
Higher Command and Staff Course at Camberley in early 1989, he
then spent 6 months on a Service Fellowship at Cambridge writing
a paper on the future of the British Army.
He moved back
to Northern Ireland in late 1989 to command 39 Infantry Brigade
for two and a half years. 1992 and 1993 were spent in the Ministry
of Defence as Director General Personnel Services (Army).
the 3rd (United Kingdom) Division from March 1994 to July 1996;
the last 6 months of his period were spent in Bosnia commanding
IFORs Multinational Division South West on Operation RESOLUTE.
He assumed the appointment of Commander ACE Rapid Reaction Corps
in the rank of Lieutenant General in February 1997, following
a brief assignment as Director General Development and Doctrine.
Sir Mike Jackson was awarded the MBE in 1979, the CBE in 1992
the CB in 1996 and the KCB in 1998. He is married to Sarah, and
has 2 sons and a daughter. His interests include, music, reading,
travel, skiing and tennis.