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Old 22-06-2015, 06:33 PM   #19
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General Mike Jackson: Duty and Death ..
Despite being advised by the headmaster at Stamford to consider university, Jackson applied to join the British Army in 1961.. He was accepted, and started at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in January 1962, graduating on 20 December 1963.. While at Sandhurst, he became increasingly interested in the Parachute Regiment, but eventually applied to, and was commissioned into, the Intelligence Corps as a second lieutenant at the age of 19. After his commissioning, Jackson took up an opportunity offered by the Intelligence Corps to undertake platoon commanders' training with a combat regiment, and opted to do so with the Parachute Regiment..Before leaving Sandhurst, he had applied to take an "in-service degree"—a degree sponsored by the Army at a civilian university—and was accepted to read Russian studies at the University of Birmingham. The course required students to reside in the USSR for several months; as the Ministry of Defence refused to allow Jackson to travel to the country, the university agreed to waive the requirement. Jackson returned to the army after graduation as a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Russian Language and Literature in 1967.. His first promotion was to lieutenant on 20 June 1965, and he served with the Parachute Regiment in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Anguilla—where he served as adjutant when his battalion relieved the force sent to restore order during the 1969 emergency—after which he was promoted to the rank of captain..Following Anguilla, his tenure with the Parachute Regiment ended and he reluctantly returned to the Intelligence Corps.. He became increasingly determined to rejoin the Parachute Regiment and, after almost a year, was eventually allowed to transfer, retaining the rank of captain in 1970..

Off the wall-Special Edition-Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough ..

While serving as a colonel, Jackson considered resigning his commission.. He wondered if he had missed his chance for promotion to brigadier at the age of 44, and believed he might have "reached [his] ceiling" as it was unusual for older officers to be selected for promotion.. He was persuaded to try again the next year and was promoted to brigadier on 31 December 1989, after spending six months on a Service Fellowship writing a paper on the future of the Army and taking the Higher Command and Staff Course.. He went on to serve his third tour in Northern Ireland, commanding 39 Infantry Brigade—a post he held until 1992, thus missing the Gulf War.. He was promoted from Member to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1992..

In 1994, Jackson served his first tour in the Balkans, where he commanded a multi-national division of the Implementation Force.. Following a staff job back in the UK, he was appointed commander of NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) in 1997. He returned to the Balkans with the ARRC during the Kosovo War, during which he famously refused to obey an order from American General Wesley Clark, his immediate superior in the NATO chain of command, to block the runways of Pristina Airport and isolate the Russian contingent that was positioned there. He reportedly told Clark, "I'm not going to start the Third World War for you".. The incident attracted controversy, particularly in the United States, and earned Jackson the nickname "Macho Jacko" in the British tabloid press.. Jackson established a working relationship with the Russian general commanding the detachment at Pristina, giving him a bottle of whisky, of which Jackson is known to be fond, and providing the Russians with the protection of a squad of British soldiers, commanded by his son, Mark..

Jackson continues to speak on military matters and works as a consultant and guest lecturer, and has published an autobiography... more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; or close the wall up with our English dead!.Can any of your neighbors tell, Kate?. Do I not shrink?.Do I not dwindle?.My skin hangs upon me like an old woman's loose gown..The game's afoot: Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' ..And was it worth it?. The sacrifice for a friend you don't even keep in touch with?..

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