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27th SOG Commander


Colonel Michael A. Jackson serves as Commander, 27th Special Operations Group to over 1200 Airmen. The 27 SOG provides combat ready forces to joint force commanders around the world. Its Airmen perform a variety of specialized airpower missions including precision strike, ISR, battlefield mobility, helicopter aerial refueling, and other specialized combat support missions. The 27 SOG directs the training and readiness for 9 squadrons operating various special operations aircraft including the CV-22 Osprey, AC-130W Stinger, MC-130J Commando II, MQ-9 Reaper, and U-28.

Col Jackson graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1995, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science. He has also earned master’s degrees from the Joint Advanced Warfighting School and Embry Riddle University. He is a Command Pilot with over 4,200 hours, and has flown the MC-130H, MC-130J, T-37, T-44, and C-130E. He has participated in Operations JOINT GUARD, ALLIED FORCES, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM-A, ENDURING FREEDOM-P, and IRAQI FREEDOM. He is married with three children.

1995 Bachelors of Science in Political Science, USAF Academy, CO
2002 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2005 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2006 Master of Science in Aerospace Science and Technology, Embry Riddle University, FL
2008 Master in Joint Campaign Planning & Strategy, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, Norfolk, VA
2012 Air War College, by correspondence
2015 National Defense Fellowship, Air Force Fellows Program, RAND Corporation, Project Air Force

Nov 1995 - Dec 1996, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Del Rio & Corpus Christi, TX
Jan 1997 - Sep 2000 Pilot, 61st Airlift Squadron, Little Rock, AR
Sep 2000 - Dec 2003 Chief Standardization and Evaluation, 1st Special Operations Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
Dec 2003 - Jun 2005 Chief Standardization and Evaluation, 15th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
Jul 2005 - Jun 2007 Assistant Operations Officer, 14th Weapons Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
Jul 2007 - Jun 2008 Student, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, JFSC, Norfolk, VA
Jul 2008 - Jun 2010 Deputy Chief of Operations, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC
Jun 2010 - May 2012 Operations Officer, 15th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
Jun 2012 - Jun 2014 Commander, 1st Special Operations Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
Jun 2014 - Jun 2015 Air Force Fellows Program, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
Jun 2015 - Jun 2016 Senior Plans Advisor, OUSDP, Plans, Pentagon, VA
Jun 2016 - Apr 2017 Chief of Staff, office of Dep Asst Sec of Defense, Middle East Policy, Pentagon, VA
May 2017 - Present Commander, 27th Special Operations Group, Cannon AFB, NM