CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. –A young girl climbs a tree in the countryside of the Clarendon, Jamaica. She plucks a ripe mango from the branch, and climbs back down. Leading a pack of brothers, sisters and cousins, she finds a nice shaded area to hide from the scorching sun. The children talk and laugh as they feast on the fruits of their labor. Once the children have their fill, the boys head off to play cricket while the young girls watch, enjoying a summer day in Jamaica, 1990.
That young girl was Master Sgt. Teisha Jackson, 27th Special Operations Wing Staff Agency first sergeant, who spent the first 18 years of her life in Jamaica. Once she left home in November of 1998, she became the first in her family to join a military