Native Columbian takes command
Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Jacobs, a long- time resident of Columbia, S. C. and chief counsel for the South Carolina Department of Insurance, will take command of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) during a change of command ceremony Sunday, October 23 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Jacobs most recently served as commander of Contingency Command Post 2, United States Army North, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, a command and control element capable of rapid deployment to natural disasters and other national emergencies throughout North America.
Jacobs was prior commander of USACAPOC ( A)’s 350th Civil Affairs Command in Pensacola, Florida, and has served in a number of positions within the command.
Prior to his appointment as chief counsel for Department of Insurance, Jacobs was assistant attorney general for the state of South Carolina.
The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. October 23 at the XVIII Airborne Corps Non-Commissioned Officer Academy parade field on Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Maj. Gen. David N. Blackledge, USACAPOC(A) commanding general since September 2009, will turn over the command to Jacobs in a ceremony presided over by Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve and Commanding General of U. S. Army Reserve Command.
Following the ceremony Sunday, Blackledge will report to U. S. Army Reserve Command and will work on Civil Affairs proponency issues until he retires sometime next summer. He is the highest ranking officer wounded in action since 2001 and has been very forthcoming with his personal struggles with post traumatic stress and suicidal ideations, helping to remove much of the stigma associated with soldiers seeking mental health treatment.
USACAPOC(A)’s mission is to organize, train, equip, and resource Army Reserve civil affairs and military information support operations forces for worldwide support to regional combatant commanders and other agencies as directed. The command is made up of more than 50 Army Reserve units across 31 U. S. states and Puerto Rico and is the Army Reserve’s most deployed force. Soldiers under USACAPOC( A) deploy in support of U.S. operations across the globe, including in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.