Jackson Pennington was former Army Delta Force currently assigned to the Service’s Anti-Terrorism unit. Jessica remembers dreading Eric Haney’s “Inside Delta Force” and wondered how much of that was reality. She went on and read that Pennington had left Delta a Sergeant, then took an undergraduate degree in History from Northern Michigan University. How does a guy go from Delta Force to History to the FBI to the Secret Service, she wondered.
Reading on she found that Pennington got tired of glob trotting, the shooting house training and the stress, so he did a 180 and followed a high school dream of a quieter lifestyle, planning to teach high school. He left Delta for his home town of Detroit, then entered Northern Michigan University where he was a defenseman on NMU’s Wildcats hockey team. Jessica Googled the school and found Marquette, Mich. eight hours north of Detroit on the shores of Lake Superior. Well, that’s doing a 180 for sure, get away from it all in the boonies, she thought.
Pennington’s teaching practicum didn’t go well. Notes in his file indicated Pennington questioned who’d die of boredom first, the kids or him. Curiosity took him to a career day during his senior year, probably looking for an alternative to 250 kids daily.He was interviewed by two male FBI agents. Suits. They hired him immediately, convincing him teaching kids would be boring compared to saving them from terrorists.
Five years with the bureau and he was sequestered to the Service’s anti-terrorist squad to investigate white supremacist groups. Demonstrating outstanding investigative techniques and arrest record, the Service offered him permanence. He took it. He was stationed at the Seattle office.