Reserve major general Jacobs of Columbia retires at Fort Jackson

jwilkinson@thestate.comJuly 2, 2014 

Reserve Maj. Gen. Jeff Jacobs

U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Jacobs has retired after a ceremony at Fort Jackson.

A Columbia attorney, Jacobs was commanding general of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. In civilian life, Jacobs is the chief legal counsel for the state Department of Insurance in Columbia.

Jacobs graduated from the U.S. 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, N.C., and in the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky.

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 and has twice commanded brigade-level units.

He has been mobilized three times to Haiti in 1994, Bosnia in 1996 and as commander of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade in support of the First Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq.

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 Army War College.

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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