Retired Texas Ranger H. Joaquin Jackson will be the keynote speaker at the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy 2013 Spring Graduation Ceremony slated May 31 in Uvalde.
A total of 31 cadets are scheduled to receive certificates of completion in the basic peace officer certification program at SWTJC. The ceremony will be held in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom starting at 10:30 a.m.
This year's keynote speaker served a total of 36 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the last 27 as a Texas Ranger. He was stationed in Uvalde from 1966 to 1987 and then transferred to Alpine where he finished his career. Ranger Jackson retired in 1993.
Since his retirement, he has been the author of two widely acclaimed books about his career as a Texas Ranger. He has also acted in several motion pictures and made-for-television movies. Jackson is also a current member of the board of directors for the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Jackson's wife of nearly 50 years, Shirley, died in February of 2012. He has two sons, Don J. Jackson and Lance Jackson. He currently lives in Alpine with his dog Will.
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