Lieutenant Colonel Jon S. Jackson is currently assigned to the Office of Military Commissions, Office of the Chief Defense Counsel. He is the Deputy Chief Defense Counsel for all assigned Army personnel and lead military defense counsel for Majid Khan. He previously represented Omar Khadr and Mustafa Ahmed al Hawsawi.
Prior to his assignment at the Office of Military Commissions, Office of the Chief Defense Counsel; he was the Deputy Chief for the United States Army’s Defense Counsel Assistance Program (DCAP). Prior to being assigned to DCAP, Lieutenant Colonel Jackson was an associate professor of criminal law at the Army’s ABA accredited Judge Advocate School located on the grounds of the University of Virginia. Before his time as a professor, Colonel Jackson served as a defense counsel in Europe where he earned twenty full acquittals for his soldier clients. His awards and badges include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (three awards), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel Jackson was commissioned a second lieutenant through Army ROTC from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis School of Law. He also holds a Masters of Law degree with a specialty in criminal law from The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School where he was named the trial advocacy honor graduate.