J. Mark Jackson

Council Member (2014 – present)

Born: Fayetteville, NC April 4th 1968

Raised: Dunn, NC.  Moved to Archer Lodge in 1993 (that was a quick as I could get here)

Army Service: I joined the United States Army February 24th 1987, and retired with 26 years of service as a First Sergeant (E-8).  During my time in the military I was always an infantryman.  I served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division where I deployed to “Operation Just Cause” in 1989, and “Operation Desert Shield/Storm” in 1990.  In 1991 I joined the North Carolina National Guard where I spent the remainder of my career with the 30th Brigade Combat Team (BCT) “Old Hickory”.  As a member of the 30th BCT I deployed as a Platoon Sergeant for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)II, and First Sergeant for OIF 09-10.    During my time with the 30th BCT I also participated in several hurricane relief efforts from Emily through Fran and Floyd.

Education:  I am currently working on an Associate of Arts degree at Johnston Community College with the intent to transfer to a four year institution to complete a degree in Business Administration.

Community Service:  I am a member of the Archer Lodge Community Center.  I organize both the Family Fun Day Fun Run, and the parade, and help with what I can.  I was on the Archer Lodge Municipal Exploratory Committee.  I am Co-chair for the Steering Committee for the Planning Board of Archer Lodge, and I am on the Veterans Committee.  I volunteer with the Family Readiness Group for B Co 1-252 AR out of Smithfield, NC.  I am a trustee for VFW post 10225 in Garner, Treasurer for the 30th Infantry Division Association, and a member of the Garner American Legion Post 232.

Church Service:  I attend White Oak Baptist in Archer Lodge.  I am a Sunday school teacher, trustee, and a deacon there.  I also organize our Adopt A Highway Program as well as act as the point man for NC Big Sweep, and the Neuse River Keepers River Clean Up for our church.

Family:  My wife’s name is Liz Jackson, my son is John Jackson.