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Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 4:30 am

A Killeen native will move to West Point, N.Y., this summer to teach the next generation of Army leaders.

Capt. (promotable) Rodney Jackson, a graduate of Ellison High School, will report the United States Military Academy in June to teach leadership and development. He currently serves with the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Ky. “I’m just excited about the opportunity to mentor,” he said in a phone interview. “That’s really the basis of why I accepted the job. That’s something to me that’s pretty rewarding.”

Jackson’s mother, Chandra Thomas, still resides in Killeen and is thrilled to see her son taking a slower paced position in the Army. A father of two young daughters, Thomas said she knew it was difficult for Jackson to be gone so often with special forces.

“I told him I’m going to pray for you to get into something different so God has answered my prayers,” she said. “He’s so humble and … I think that’s why he’s being blessed so much.”

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