As the second born of two children to John, Sr. and Louise Jackson, Phillip Robert-Charles Jackson was born and raised in southeast, Washington, D.C. He graduated from Ballou Sr. High School, and went on to major in Engineering Mathematics at the North Carolina A.&T. State University in Greensboro, N.C. from 1966 to 1969. Afterwards, he returned to DC to be a part-time student at GW Univ. while working full-time as an Accounting clerk with Travelers Insurance Co.
However, Phil’s ultimate desire was to follow in the footsteps of his hero….his older brother, John, Jr. ( aka “Buster”)[now deceased] who was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Therefore, in 1970 he joined the 113th Fighter Wing of the DC Air National Guard as a ‘dual-status’ employee (civilian & military), and was trained as an Aircraft Maintenance Team supervisor, called a 11Crew Chief’. This position was exciting, and fulfilling to Phil because it challenged him to remain proficient in technical, and mechanical skills as well as top physical condition.
In addition, he had to supervise 12 specialist personnel who assisted him in maintenance. Phil was assigned his own fighter jet, and was charged with keeping it in tip-top flying condition 24/7. He often found himself in the cockpit of his jet to perform operational checks on aircraft systems. Phil traveled with his military unit all over the world on training, and peace-keeping missions. Some of Phil’s additional duties in the USAF include “Training Manager”; “Career Counselor”; and, “Commander of the Drill Team & Ceremonial Unit” at Andrews AFB. His Air Force career lasted 34 years including 4 tours in the Persian Gulf War zones. He retired in 2004.
Phil is a life-long member of Campbell A.M.E. Church, and he loves the Lord. These days, he serves God at Campbell through several Ministries including; The Board of Trustees; Church Sunday School Teacher; “Reach Group” Leader (“The Philippians”); “Sons of Allen” Men’s Ministry; and, Church Facilities Manager. Phil is the author of the_ church’s “Resolution° which is read at “Homegoing11 Services at Campbell. He’s a student in the Wednesday afternoon Bible Study class. Phil is also the founder, and leader (“Chartered Organization Representative”) of the scouting Ministry at Campbell, and has done so for the last 20 years. In addition, several years ago, he also served as “District Commissioner” for 3 years. And recently, has served in the capacity of “Unit Commissioner”, as well as on the District’s “Nominating Committee”.
As of this August 31st, Phil will have been happily married to the lovely Joan Jackson for 20 years. They parent 4 adult children, and are grandparents of 5 who affectionately call Phil, “Big Daddy-0”. For fun, Phil enjoys hand-dancing to “oldies”. music, and listening to smooth jazz. He also enjoys biking, camping, and swimming. Congratulations to Phil and the 2022 Silver Beaver Class! Please join us on May 22, 2022 at Camp Snyder for this special Court of Honor. To purchase your ticket, visit https://scoutingevent.com/082-58006