Charles H. Jacoby Jr.

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Charles H. Jacoby Jr.
Jacoby 2013.jpg
General Charles H. Jacoby Jr., United States Army
Born (1954-06-19) June 19, 1954 (age 68)[1]
Detroit, Michigan, United States
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1978–2014
RankGeneral
Commands heldUnited States Northern Command
North American Aerospace Defense Command
United States Army Alaska
I Corps
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Battles/warsOperation Urgent Fury
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal (2)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan

Charles Hemming Jacoby Jr.[2] (born June 19, 1954) is a retired United States Army general who served as the fifth Commander of United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the 22nd Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Jacoby was the first army officer to assume command of Northern Command. He previously served as the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, The Joint Staff.[3] He assumed command of USNORTHCOM and NORAD on August 3, 2011, and was succeeded by Admiral William E. Gortney on December 5, 2014.[4] Jacoby is notable as the first non-command pilot to serve as commander of either NORAD/USNORTHCOM, as both commands have traditionally been dominated by Air Force officers and NORAD carries a heavy air interdiction mission.[5][6]

Education[edit]

A 1978 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Jacoby attended the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the National War College.

Jacoby has a master's degree in History from the University of Michigan.[7]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Individual awards
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Service Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)
Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with one silver oak leaf cluster)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with four bronze oak leaf clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster)
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with one bronze service star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with one bronze service star)
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal (with one bronze service star)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal (with one bronze service star)
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 6.png Overseas Service Ribbon (with award numeral 6)
Unit awards
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with two bronze oak leaf clusters)
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award
International military award
Inter-American Defense Board Medal
Foreign awards
Order of Faithful Service (Romania) - ribbon bar.gif Unidentified Medal
GTM Medalla Monja Blanca.png Medal "Monja Blanca", 2nd class (Guatemala)
Ribbon Bar of the Commander of The Order of Military Merit José María Córdova.svg Commander of The Order of Military Merit José María Córdova (Colombia)
MEX Condecoracion al Merito Militar Primera Clase.png Condecoración al Mérito Militar, Primera Clase (Mexico)[8]
MEX Condecoracion al Merito Naval Segunda Clase.png Condecoración al Mérito Naval, Segunda Clase (Mexico)[8]
MSC ribbon-military.png Canada Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)
Badges
Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
Master Parachutist badge (United States).svg Master Parachutist Badge
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
Honduras Jump Wings.jpg Honduran Parachutist Badge
No image.png Royal Thai Airborne badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger Tab
Seal of the United States Northern Command.png United States Northern Command Badge
North American Aerospace Defense Command logo.svg North American Aerospace Defense Command Badge
Other accoutrements
82AirborneDivCSIB.jpg 82nd Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge
504 PIRDUI.PNG 504th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.jpg 5 Overseas Service Bars

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NOMINATIONS BEFORE THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, FIRST SESSION, 112TH CONGRESS" (PDF). Fas.gov. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  2. ^ "Charles Hemming Jacoby Jr". Westpointaog.org. West Point Association of Graduates. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Lieutenant General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. – Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J5". www.jcs.mil. United States Department of Defense. September 1, 2010. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
  4. ^ "Senate approves Votel as Socom commander". Archived from the original on September 4, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  5. ^ Statement of General Charles H. Jacoby, Jr., United States Army Commander United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command before the House Armed Services Committee, 6 March 2012 p. 3. Au.af.mil
  6. ^ Roeder, Tom (December 5, 2014). "New Northern Command Boss: "We will succeed"". The Gazette. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  7. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Mexican armed forces honors Gen. Jacoby". U.S. Northern Command. US Northern Command. August 20, 2014. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.

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Military offices
Preceded by Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command
Commander of the United States Northern Command

August 3, 2011 – December 5, 2014
Succeeded by