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Published on July 15th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Local attorney retires from Reserves

FORT JACKSON, S.C. – U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Jacobs retired in a ceremony recently at Victory Field, adjacent to the Fort Jackson Officers Club. Jacobs was the commanding general of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina until his change of command ceremony Sunday. In civilian life, Jacobs is the chief legal counsel for the South Carolina Department of Insurance in Columbia.

Jacobs was commissioned as an infantry officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1979. He served seven years on active duty, in the 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and in the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He commanded a rifle company in the 4th Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment for nearly two years and deployed it for six months to the Sinai Peninsula as part of the Multinational Force and Observers.

In the Army Reserve, Jacobs has served in a variety of command and staff assignments as an infantry and civil affairs officer. He has commanded an institutional training battalion in the 108th Division (Institutional Training) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and has twice commanded brigade-level units. He has been mobilized three times. During Operation Uphold Democracy in 1994, he was the operations officer of the Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Center of Combined Joint Task Force 190 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He served in Bosnia in 1996 during Operation Joint Endeavor as a civil affairs plans officer in the G-3 (operations and plans) section of the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps and as the operations officer of the Joint Election Operations Center, helping to coordinate the first free elections in Bosnia. He was on active duty for over two and a half years during Operations Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom, first as the commander of the 2125th Garrison Support Unit at Fort Bragg and then as the commander of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade in support of the First Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. From 2005 through 2008, Jacobs served as the commanding general, 350th Civil Affairs Command, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida. He most recently served as the commander of the contingency command post, United States Army North (Fifth Army) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He deployed the command post in support of civil authorities for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 and for Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Military Academy, a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Masters of Strategic Studies degree from the United States Army War College. His decorations include the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), and Army Commendation Medal (four awards). He has earned the Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Ranger Tab, as well as several foreign parachute badges.

Jacobs has published numerous articles on reserve component issues and is the author of The Future of the Citizen-Soldier Force: Issues and Answers (University Press of Kentucky, 1994).

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