It is with deep regret that I make this post about the death of A1C Elizabeth N. Jacobson, based at the 17th Security Forces Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, TX. To the best of my knowledge, A1C Jacobson becomes the first female Skycop killed in action. RIP little Skycop, words can not describe the anguish I feel over your death. I am an old SAC SP and to date there has only been around 154 of our brothers and sisters AP/SP/SF who died while on Active Duty, I believe A1C Jacobson becomes the third female SP/SF to die while on Active Duty. Brothers and sisters, please don't turn this into a platform to speak out against women in combat, I just wanted to post this info so all my brothers and sisters out there will know about the death of this young Airman. I will post more info as I get it.
DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of an
airman who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Airman 1st Class Elizabeth N. Jacobson, 21, of Riviera
Beach, Fla., died Sept. 28 near Camp Bucca, Iraq, when an improvised
explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. Jacobson was
assigned to the 17th Security Forces
Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.
For further information related to this release, please
contact the Goodfellow Air Force Base Public Affairs Office at (325)
654-3877 or after duty hours (325) 654-3558.
From the Sun-Sentinel today.
Riviera Beach airman killed
By Chrystian Tejedor
September 30, 2005
Elizabeth N. Jacobson loved Ren & Stimpy and Spongebob SquarePants. She
loved the smell of cut grass and a cool day in the meadows. She
eventually wanted to have two boys and name them Hunter and Austin.
She won't get that chance.
Jacobson, 21, was killed Wednesday while serving as an airman in Iraq,
the Department of Defense said Thursday.
"She may have given her life for her country, but this country could use
more like her," said her grandmother, Sondra Millman-Cosimano of Riviera
Airman Jacobson, who lived with Millman-Cosimano for two years, died
near Camp Bucca, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated
near her convoy vehicle, the Department of Defense reported. Airman
Jacobson was assigned to the 17th Security Forces Squadron, Goodfellow
Air Force Base, Texas.
Goodfellow, Millman-Cosimano said, was not only the staging ground for
Jacobson's career, it was where she took care of her 16-year-old sister,
"She wanted to make sure her sister stayed straight," Millman-Cosimano
said. "She was trying to save everybody. This was the child that would
wake up with a smile on her face and hug you when you were crying."
Plans for a funeral are pending, but Airman Jacobson will be buried in
Fort Lauderdale. She is survived by her mother, Marianne Earhart, of
Madera; her father, David Jacobson of Vallejo, Calif.; sisters, Jenna
Jacobson, 23, of Lake Park, and Gabrielle Earhart, 16, also of Lake
Park; and grandparents Sondra Millman-Cosimano and Cos Cosimano, of
Riviera Beach, and Allan Jacobson, of Pembroke Pines, and an aunt.
She is the seventh member of the military from Palm Beach County to be
killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Gods speed, young lady. RIP soldier, you've done your part.
From an update I got, she came from a really rough area, tried to make something of herself. We had a saying back when I was in that everytime an SP died St. Peter needed another Sentry for the Pearly Gates.
Here is the latest update from her local paper.
Woman matured in military
Airman had just `hit stride,' her father said
By Angel Streeter
Posted October 1 2005
Elizabeth Jacobson was searching for some direction, a way to get ahead in life when she joined the Air Force two years ago.
She found her way in the strict routine of the military life.
"She definitely grew up," said Adam Steinhoff, 25, of West Palm Beach, a former boyfriend who kept in touch with her. "She got what she needed while she was in the military."
The girl who loved a good time, silly cartoons and the fresh smell of newly cut grass became a woman in boot camp and later in southern Iraq. That woman died Wednesday near Camp Bucca, Iraq, when an explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. She was 21.
She never showed fear, said Steinhoff, who regularly chatted with Jacobson online when she was in Iraq.
Even when she was preparing to ship out to the war zone, Jacobson remained upbeat and plucky.
"She was so proud," Steinhoff said. "She was ready. She wanted to go."
Even in a combat zone, she kept her steady humor. She complained about the food: "The room service sucks," she wrote.
Asked about her biggest obstacles in Iraq, she made a short list: sand, guys, waking up, taking a shower when the water is boiling.
She fretted over the big, scary spiders that she said followed people's shadows because they didn't want to be in the sun. The heat was unbearable, 120 degrees at least, she said. She talked about coming home in February or March and spending time with her sisters, Jenna Jacobson, 23, and Gabrielle Earhart, 16.
The airman clearly had matured, but in many ways she was still the spirited girl with a sly sense of humor.
She grew up in California as an "amazing, vibrant girl," said her father, David Jacobson.
She played soccer, sometimes kicking the ball the wrong way or to the wrong team, he said. She had a funky sense of style, wearing knee-high socks that didn't match and often changing the shape and color of her hair.
Jacobson spent two years in Riviera Beach with her grandmother, Sondra Millman-Cosimano, during high school at a time when she was going through her "angry phase," David Jacobson said.
Jacobson briefly attended Palm Beach Gardens High School in 2000, from August to November. Her attendance was sparse, and she soon transferred to Gold Coast High School in West Palm Beach.
She eventually received a diploma from an adult-education school in Madera, Calif.
But she lacked direction in her life, said her father, who described her pre-military life as a "wandering existence." She returned to live with Millman-Cosimano. By then, she was ready to turn her life around.
"Six months before she enlisted, she had really hit her stride as a person, focusing on what was important to her," David Jacobson said. "She knew she had to make something central in her life."
That became the Air Force. She had been profoundly affected by 9-11 and readily enlisted, knowing a war was brewing.
In fact, she was frustrated it took more than two years to get to Iraq, David Jacobson said. While waiting for deployment, she kept in close contact with soldiers who had been injured in the war. They were her heroes. She idolized the troops who were already there.
Jacobson was shipped out almost four months ago to southern Iraq. She arrived after four female soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing in Fallujah.
Those deaths made her superiors hold off on giving her the job she was trained for, escorting convoys to Kuwait, David Jacobson said. For more than three months, she kept requesting her assignment. They finally relented a week ago and put her on the convoys.
"She was on the convoys for six days when she was killed," David Jacobson said.
Her truck was behind the lead vehicle, which tripped the roadside bomb. She died instantly.
Her family has no regrets about her serving her country, David Jacobson said. She believed in the cause. But it's hard to see a life end that was just beginning to bloom.
David Jacobson recalled that his daughter went through kindergarten twice because of a learning disability. She said to him at the time: "Daddy, I'm just a late bloomer."
"To me, she just bloomed right on time," he said.
Funeral arrangements are pending, and she will be buried in Fort Lauderdale.
very truly sad day, i to am an ex sac sp.i served with many female sp's all who i'd trust my life to.
Here is a picture of A1C Jacobson and the latest update:
Saturday, October 1, 2005
SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- An improvised explosive device killed a female Airman during a convoy mission supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson, 21, was providing convoy security Sept. 28 near Camp Bucca, Iraq, when the vehicle she was riding in was hit by an improvised explosive device.
The Riviera Beach, Fla., native was assigned to the 17th Security Forces Squadron at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Airman Jacobson had been in the Air Force for two years and had been deployed to Iraq for more than three months.
She is the first female Airman killed in the line of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“She was an outstanding Airman who embraced life and took on all the challenges and responsibilities with extraordinary commitment to her country, her comrades and her family,” said Col. Scott Bethel, 17th Training Wing commander at Goodfellow.
“Her dedication to the U.S. Air Force and serving her country was evident in all aspects of who this young lady was,” he said.
“Team Goodfellow and the San Angelo community are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of one of our cherished family members,” Colonel Bethel said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time. We ask that all Americans keep Airman Jacobson, her family and the men and women serving in the military, overseas and in the United States in their thoughts and prayers as they continue to keep America free.”
Proud parents, and they should be.
Godspeed Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson.
Maybe her folks should have a chat with that b#*ch Cindy Sheehan???
I wasn't gonna bring that up in your thread as I didn't want to hijack. She is a complete ass.
But man, that is one thing that certainly came to mind.
I've had some working contact with some LE/SPs - was in when they combined. Shot with them at Indian Springs, had ABGD folks provide a perimeter for us here and there, coupla of other things.
I thought they were all top notch folks.
I am an old SAC LE troop from the early to mid 80's. My heart goes out to A1C's Jacobson's folks and I hope and pray that the Lord will heal their anguish.