Naval Station Norfolk CO to deliver address to Troy University graduates

Posted: Wednesday, 01 June 2011

Capt. Mary M. Jackson, the first woman to lead the world's largest naval installation, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates during commencement ceremonies on June 4 at the Harrison Opera House.

During the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m., degrees will be awarded to 150 graduates from the University's Hampton Roads site.

Capt. Jackson assumed the duties of commanding officer at Naval Station Norfolk in August 2010. Prior to assuming those duties, she had served as the installation's executive officer since 2009.

Born in Spain, Capt. Jackson spent most of her childhood in Saudi Arabia. Her family now resides in Wimberley, Texas.

Capt. Jackson's previous sea assignments include serving as executive officer aboard the USS Stout and commanding officer of the USS McFaul. Capt. Jackson's shore assignments include head of the Surface Junior Officer Assignments at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn. and Flag Secretary at Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic Fleet.

In addition to various service and unit awards, Capt. Jackson has received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1988, and holds a master's degree in engineering management from George Washington University.

Troy University, headquartered in Troy, Ala., operates four campuses in Alabama and some 60 locations in 15 U.S. states and 12 countries outside the United States and one U.S. territory.