Ambassador Jeanine Jackson and Mark Jackson

Jeanine and Mark Jackson both served as senior U.S. Diplomats for more than 30 years before retiring in 2014.  President Obama nominated Jeanine (a Sheridan native) as U.S. Ambassador to Malawi for 2011-2014.  From 2009 -2011 she managed the world’s largest Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq for which she received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Honor Award.  Meanwhile, Mark oversaw 26 Teams building Governmental Capacity in local districts throughout Iraq.  President Bush nominated Jeanine as Ambassador to Burkina Faso from 2006 – 2009.  That Ambassadorial nomination was the first ever for a Career Diplomat from Wyoming.

Ambassador Jeanine Jackson and Mark Jackson in Africa

Previously, the pair served in Afghanistan where Jeanine reopened the U.S. Embassy in 2001 and Mark served as the U.S. Refugee Coordinator for Afghanistan.  They also served in Kenya shortly after that Embassy was destroyed by Al Qaeda; in Hong-Kong from two years before the handover of the Territory  to China until two years after the handover; in Saudi Arabia shortly after the first Gulf War; plus Nigeria, Switzerland and (for Mark) the Gambia in the 1980s.  Jeanine and Mark met in Germany as Army Lieutenants and both achieved the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.  They have traveled throughout most parts of the world and are particularly enamored of Africa’s cultures.  They have traveled independently more than 30,000 miles on the African continent.

Ambassador Jeanine Jackson and Mark JacksonAmbassador Jeanine Jackson and Mark Jackson in Africa

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