Serving 20 years on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, Jessie Jane Duff retired as a Gunnery Sergeant. Throughout her career, which spanned multiple deployments and combat-related exercises, she provided logistical and training support to combat arms and wing units in peacetime as well as during the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan (Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom). Cited by Jessie as one of the highlights of her Marine Corps service, she was chosen for a prestigious assignment on the Executive Staff to the Commander of Marine Forces Pacific, at the time the largest operational command in the Marine Corps prior to her retirement. She culminated her career as an Operations Chief.
Jessie’s personal awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and two National Defense Medals in addition to various awards for excellence during her time on active duty.
From 2012 – 2014, she worked as Senior Military Advisor and was on the Organization Committee for Concerned Veterans for America. Jessie participated actively throughout the nation advocating for policies that preserve our freedom and liberty that veterans and their families fought and sacrificed to defend. Jessie was an outspoken advocate to hold the Veterans Administration accountable for the veteran’s benefits backlog and mismanagement of veteran’s healthcare. She also actively worked with the states and Congress to improve the military voting laws to ensure the military is afforded the same access to vote as their civilian peers.
In 2009-2012, Jessie was the spokesperson for Military Voting Rights USA, a national network dedicated to ensure active duty military voters have their votes cast and counted on time. She made national media appearances and advocated for timely and expedited mail delivery of ballots to American service men and women stationed overseas. Jessie testified before Congress’ Elections Subcommittee, Committee on House Administration based on her first-hand experience and concerns about voting rights for active duty military overseas personnel. She also was a highly visible advocate for Military and Overseas Empowerment Act (MOVE Act), which became federal law the same year.
In 2005-2006, Jessie was Chairman for Americans for Dr. Rice, a national political 527 focused on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her political future. As Chairman, she made multiple television appearances, traveled extensively to numerous state party conventions and generated support for Dr. Rice nationwide.
Jessie works as an independent consultant in defense and private industry. She has a Bachelor Science degree in Business Management and is a member of Disabled American Veterans, The John Carroll Society, Women in Defense, and Women Marines Association.
Jessie provides military, veteran, national security, business and political analysis on numerous local and national television and radio stations. A prolific contributor to various blogs, articles, and OpEds for publications, Jessie’s work can be found in a wide array of publications.