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Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, Rear Adm. Mary Jackson Nominated for New Navy Leadership Roles

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Dixon Smith
Dixon Smith

President Barack Obama has nominated Vice Adm. Dixon Smith as deputy chief of naval operations for fleet and readiness at the U.S. Navy and Rear Adm. Mary Jackson as commander of the Navy Installations Command.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday that President Obama also endorsed the reappointment of Smith to the rank of vice admiral and the promotion of Jackson to the rank of vice admiral.

Smith has served as commander of the Navy Installations Command since Oct. 24, 2014 and previously commanded USS The Sullivans, Naval Base San Diego, Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Navy Region Southwest and Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.

He also worked as a seamanship instructor aide to the naval inspector general at the Newport, Rhode Island-based Naval Education and Training Center and deputy executive assistant to commander in chief of allied forces, Southern Europe/commander in chief at the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe.

Mary Jackson

Jackson has led the Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida since July 18, 2014 and previously served as chief of staff to the commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.

Before that, she held the roles of seamanship and navigation instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, theater air and missile defense officer at the U.S. Joint Forces Command, flag secretary to commander at Naval Surface Forces within the Atlantic Fleet and head of surface junior officer assignments at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee.

She also previously was executive officer at Naval Station Norfolk and commander of Naval Station Norfolk.

Her previous at-sea duty assignments include time as assistant operations officer and navigator on USS Willamette, operations officer on USS Briscoe, operations officer on USS Vella Gulf and executive officer of USS Stout.

This story was originally published on November 17, 2017.

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