Rebecca Jill Marshall

Rebecca Jill Marshall
2003 Award of Honor

Whenever Rebecca Jill Marshall has a goal in mind, her determination and talent is always dead on. Marshall came to East Tennessee State University to earn a degree in law enforcement; what she got was the know-how to help police our land and keep many out of harm's way. She received an associate's degree in Law Enforcement, as well as bachelor's and master's degrees in Criminal Justice from ETSU.

Marshall is known for breaking down barriers and stereotypes of women in the law enforcement field. She found that although she had the knowledge to fight crime, many were not ready to see a woman in uniform. Marshall defied that type of thinking, as she was the first woman employed by the Johnson City Police Department. She later attended the Tennessee Valley Authority Academy. There she became the first woman to win the top award in the class called "Mr. Attitude." (The award was named that because no female had ever won the award.) She also received the top firearms award.

The accolades kept coming as Marshall attended the National Rifle Association Academy and became the first female to fire a perfect score in this course. She also excelled academically to become the number one student at the Federal Law Enforcement Center, where she also was honored with the "Top Gun Award" while training for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Then she joined the U.S. Marshals Service and was back at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, where she earned another top firearms award and became a member of the U.S. Marshals Service Pistol Team. Numerous Special Acts awards were given to Marshall by the United States Marshals Service for serving as Senior Inspector in Charge of various high threat trials, protective operations, and security missions at various locations through the United States and Europe. Marshall received the Department of Justice Public Service Award for Outstanding Fugitive Apprehension and over 45 commendations and letters for her fugitive operations and judicial security missions she performed throughout the country.

Currently, Marshall is an Acting Chief Inspector, Judicial Security Division for the U.S. Marshals Service, representing the 6th, 7th, and 8th Judicial Circuits in the eastern United States region. She plans and supervises protective missions for the federal judiciary and members of the United States Supreme Court. Marshall is also assigned ongoing operations that are centered in New York and Virginia. Marshall has not forgotten her alma mater; she has been a guest lecturer for the ETSU Alumni Return to the Classroom Program and ETSU Career Days. She represents the excellence of the ETSU Criminal Justice program each time she assists other schools in their programs. She is also on the board of directors of the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR). This is a nationally accredited program that provides riding therapy to mentally and physically handicapped children and adults.