Elizabeth Jacobson

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Airman First Class
Elizabeth Nicol Jacobson
Airman First Class Elizabeth Nicole Jacobson
Nickname(s) Liz
Born (1984-03-26)March 26, 1984
Orlando, Florida
Died September 28, 2005(2005-09-28) (aged 21)
Safwan, Iraq
Buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Pompano Beach, Florida (26°15′31″N 80°07′30″W / 26.258624°N 80.125002°W / 26.258624; -80.125002Coordinates: 26°15′31″N 80°07′30″W / 26.258624°N 80.125002°W / 26.258624; -80.125002)
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 2003 - 2005 (3 years)
Rank E3 USAF AM1.svg Airman First Class
  • 17th Security Forces Squadron
  • 586th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom 
Awards See below
Website http://www.airmanjacobson.com/

Elizabeth Nicole "Liz" Jacobson (March 26, 1984 – September 28, 2005) was a United States Air Force airman who was in the Iraq War. A member of the U.S. Air Force's security forces, She was the first female U.S. airman killed in the line of duty in support of Iraq War and the first U.S. Air Force Security Forces member killed in conflict since the Vietnam War.[1]

Military career[edit]


On September 28, 2005, while Jacobson was guarding a convoy originating from Camp Bucca, Iraq, when the vehicle she was riding in was hit by an improvised explosive device near the Iraqi town of Safwan. The explosion killed her and U.S. Army Sergeant Steve Morin Jr., 34 years old, from Arlington, Texas.[2] A third soldier who was manning the vehicles turret weapon was injured but survived the attack.

The Riviera Beach, Florida, native was assigned to the 17th Security Forces Squadron at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas[3] and had deployed to Iraq as part of the 586th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. Airman Jacobson had been in the Air Force for two years and had been deployed to Iraq for more than three months.

Jacobson is buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Pompano Beach, Florida.[4]


The U.S. Air Force has established the Elizabeth N. Jacobson Award for Expeditionary Excellence which is given to airmen for outstanding performance during a deployment.[5] A street on Ali Al Salem Air Base running from entry control point "Echo 4" to a South Korean air force compound was renamed Jacobson Avenue in her honor.[6] Goodfellow Air Force Base renamed the base main gate Jacobson Gate[7] The Eagle Chapter, Air Force Security Police Association, created a challenge coin to honor the memory of A1C Jacobson.[8] At Lackland Air Force Base there is the Jacobson Training Facility for Security Force Members and the Library in the facility has numerous mementos from Jacobson. The museum on the base also holds her in an honor position. The Travis AFB First Term Airman's Center is named after Jacobson.


  1. 2003 - 2004, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas
  2. 2004 - 2005, 17th Security Forces Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas
  3. 2005 - 2005, Camp Bucca, Iraq

Awards and decorations[edit]

Personal decorations
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges. Bronze Star Medal
Width-44 purple ribbon with width-4 white stripes on the borders Purple Heart
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Service awards
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
Campaign and service medals
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes National Defense Service Medal
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Service, training, and marksmanship awards
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Other accoutrements
United States Air Force Force Protection Badge.svg Force Protection Badge
AFPoliceBadge.jpg Air Force Security Police Badge


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