NORFOLK — The commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk is leaving after two years in charge of the world’s largest Naval base.
Captain Mary Jackson told 13News military reporter Mike Gooding that she hopes she’s been an inspiration, not just to women, but to all inspiring leaders. Jackson made Navy history, becoming the first woman to command the base.
“If it’s a young woman who’s just starting out, then, absolutely I’d love to be a role model for them,” said Captain Mary Jackson. “And the incredible opportunities that have opened up just in my career of the past 24 years for what women can do, I think in many cases, we don’t really think twice about that anymore. It’s just really nice.”
Jackson is not going far. She’ll move over to the staff of Commander Navy Mid-Atlantic Region.
The base’s current executive officer, Captain David Culler, will be taking Jackson’s position. The change of command ceremony is next Thursday.