Ms Jane Horton is a Presidential Appointee, currently serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness Office, Washington DC, the Pentagon. In this capacity, Ms Horton advises on matters ranging from civilian and military personnel policy to military and community family policy as well as leading efforts to advance Gold Star family initiatives and warfighter brain health. Prior to this position, Ms Horton served as the Congressional and Military Liaison for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington DC. As a personal advisor, Ms Horton provided guidance and oversight for national, regional and international partner engagements to advance equities and manage interactions with visiting delegations worldwide. Additionally, Ms Horton has served as a policy consultant to the Travis Manion Foundation, the Advisory Board to the Independence Fund, Freedom Hunters, Remember My Service, Medals of Honor and the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation.
Ms Horton’s diverse career includes extensive experience in political, security and legislative relations serving as a contributing writer for publications such as Task and Purpose and has been featured on ABC, The Drudge Report, Huffington Post, USA Today, The Blaze, Fox and Friends, CNN, The Dennis Miller Show, Huckabee, Hannity, the Washington Examiner, Special Report by Brett Baier, Kelly File, along with numerous other paper publications and public appearances. Furthermore, as a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms Horton has extensive leadership in military and veteran advocacy and a passion for service, dedicating over 12,000 hours to Gold Star family and survivor populations. Some notable achievements include championing the extension of the Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses, The Sergeant First Class Sean Cooley and Specialist Christopher Horton Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program Act, and several laws in multiple National Defense Authorizations Acts regarding Gold Star, surviving family, and casualty policy. She has advised numerous senior military, congressional, and government leaders across the globe and earned multiple awards for her community and civilian service.
Ms Horton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Rogers State University and a certificate in International Studies from Harvest Brisbane, Australia. Ms Jane Horton is also the Gold Star Wife of SPC Christopher Horton, an Army sniper killed in action on 9 September 2011 in Patkia, Afghanistan.