Jeffrey Michael Erickson of Alexandria, Virginia, died Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center after a brief illness.
Born in Philadelphia, PA to Marlene and Ted Erickson, Jeff grew up in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Jeff graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1984 as an Armor officer. His first assignment was in Northern Germany, followed by a tour with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. While there he saw combat in Operation Just Cause (1989 - 1990, Panama) and commanded a reinforced tank company during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia and Iraq, 1990 - 1991) earning a Bronze Star for his efforts during Operation Desert Storm. A master parachutist, Jeff qualified as a Jumpmaster after his return to Fort Bragg during the summer of 1991.
In 1992 he attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, studying Dutch and German and qualifying as an Army Foreign Area Officer. He left active duty in 1993 and moved to Kansas, where he studied at the University of Kansas, earning both an MBA and an MS in Organizational Behavior. Shortly after moving to Kansas, Jeff joined the Kansas Army National Guard, and was promoted to the rank of Major.
While serving in the Kansas National Guard, Jeff was recruited in 1998 by the Army Intelligence and Security Command to be their liaison to the CIA for cyber operations. Upon moving to Alexandria, VA, Jeff also transferred to the Army Reserve, eventually finishing his military career as a Lt. Colonel.
Jeff became a CIA Directorate of Science and Technology operations officer in 2000, and qualified as a case officer in 2001. He held a number of different staff and field positions within the CIA, most of them involving extensive foreign travel and highly specialized training, and was stationed overseas in Germany from 2008 to 2011. From 2014 - 2017 he served in the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) working with satellite imagery. He was selected to be the CIA Faculty Chair to the Eisenhower School in 2017 and recently completed his assignment there.
Jeff was intellectually curious, well-read on a multitude of topics, and loved to engage in conversation ranging from history and government to botany, astronomy, and technology. Known for his puns, Jeff took delight in sharing them with family and friends. He also loved taking his daughters on nature walks to share his interest in the out-of-doors, and teach them about the various plants and animals they would see.
Jeff is survived by his wife Carey, his daughters Elizabeth and Samantha, his brother David Erickson and his sister Deborah Erickson.
An inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery is planned.
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