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HIGH PROFILE: One woman's journey from the Arkansas Delta to the Iraqi desert

Her parents and The Brady Bunch inspired the Montrose native to become an architect, while she found a career at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

By Shea Stewart

This article was published November 12, 2017 at 4:28 a.m.

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“If you have a dream, stay focused and realize your dream. It’s all about being focused.” - Brinda Jean Jackson

SELF PORTRAIT

Brinda Jackson

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: March 20, 1961, McGehee

• THE WORST JOB I EVER HAD WAS working in a garment factory the summer I graduated from high school.

• MY CHILDHOOD HERO WAS William Jackson Sr., my dad.

• MY FAVORITE ARCHITECT IS I.M. Pei.

• MY FAVORITE CITY TO VISIT IS San Francisco.

• MY MOST PRIZED MATERIAL POSSESSION IS: "Bruiser," my sports utility vehicle that has all the bells and whistles.

• MY FAVORITE CHARACTER TRAITS IN PEOPLE ARE honesty, integrity and loyalty.

• MY PET PEEVE IS selfishness.

• WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS HAVE ON YOU: A white gold necklace with a cross; I never take it off.

• THE ONE THING I WILL NOT EAT IS raw oysters or rare steak.

• THE PERFECT CHEESECAKE IS: mine.

• ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME: reliable.

“Mike Brady is TV. That’s not the reality for architects out there.” - Brinda Jackson

It's a long way from the tiny Arkansas Delta town of Montrose to the Iraqi desert. Yet, that's where Montrose native Brinda Jackson found herself, stranded on the side of the road, in the spring of 2003, only about a month into Operation Iraqi Freedom.

SELF PORTRAIT

Brinda Jackson

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: March 20, 1961, McGehee

• THE WORST JOB I EVER HAD WAS working in a garment factory the summer I graduated from high school.

• MY CHILDHOOD HERO WAS William Jackson Sr., my dad.

• MY FAVORITE ARCHITECT IS I.M. Pei.

• MY FAVORITE CITY TO VISIT IS San Francisco.

• MY MOST PRIZED MATERIAL POSSESSION IS: "Bruiser," my sports utility vehicle that has all the bells and whistles.

• MY FAVORITE CHARACTER TRAITS IN PEOPLE ARE honesty, integrity and loyalty.

• MY PET PEEVE IS selfishness.

• WHAT'S SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS HAVE ON YOU: A white gold necklace with a cross; I never take it off.

• THE ONE THING I WILL NOT EAT IS raw oysters or rare steak.

• THE PERFECT CHEESECAKE IS: mine.

• ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME: reliable.

“Mike Brady is TV. That’s not the reality for architects out there.” - Brinda Jackson

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