Kevin J. Jacobsen

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Kevin J. Jacobsen
Brigadier General Kevin J. Jacobsen.jpg
Born (1958-01-29) January 29, 1958 (age 59)
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1980–2014
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands held

Kevin J. Jacobsen (born January 29, 1958) is a United States Air Force Brigadier General who served as the Commander of the Office of Special Investigations, also known as AFOSI at HQ AFOSI located at the Russell Knox Building in Virginia. This field operating agency is responsible for providing commanders of U.S. Air Force activities independent, professional investigative services regarding fraud, counterintelligence and major criminal matters. The investigations are conducted by a worldwide network of military and civilian special agents stationed at major U.S. Air Force installations and a variety of special operating locations.




  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science
  • Master of Arts degree in Administration of Justice
  • Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy

Military career[edit]

AFOSI Appointment[edit]

Jacobsen officially took command of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations during a change of command ceremony[1] held at Joint Base Andrews-NAF Washington, Md., April 6 in Hangar 3. The ceremony was hosted by the Inspector General of the Air Force, Lt. Gen. Marc E. Rogers.[2] Jacobsen was still a Colonel when he assumed command.

Leading up to his selection as AFOSI commander, Jacobsen served as the Special Investigations director for General Rogers at the Pentagon, Washington, DC, where he led a directorate in developing and implementing all Air Force-level plans and policies concerning criminal investigations and counterintelligence operations. Colonel Jacobsen represented the Air Force in all policy, planning, resource, and program matters concerning criminal investigations, counterintelligence, and counter-threat operational issues with the Department of Defense and other governmental departments and agencies.


  • June 1980 - August 1984, Titan II ICBM missile launch officer and crew commander, 390th Strategic Missile Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
  • August 1984 - June 1986, Deputy Commander, AFOSI Detachment 2140, Langley AFB, Va.
  • June 1986 - June 1988, Commander, AFOSI Detachment 2101, Pope AFB, N.C.
  • June 1988 - August 1992, personal security adviser to the Secretary of the Air Force; and assistant Chief, Protective Service/Antiterrorism Branch, Headquarters AFOSI, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
  • August 1992 - August 1993, Commander, Counterintelligence Support Activity, Republic of Honduras
  • August 1993 - June 1994, Commander, AFOSI Detachment 309, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
  • June 1994 - August 1995, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • August 1995 - June 1998, counterintelligence action officer, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • June 1998 - June 2000, Commander, AFOSI Detachment 515, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • June 2000 - June 2001, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • June 2001 - November 2002, assistant Director for Current Operations, and Chief, Criminal Division, Headquarters AFOSI, Andrews AFB, Md.
  • November 2002 - July 2003, Commander, 24th Expeditionary Field Investigations Squadron, Southwest Asia
  • July 2003 - June 2005, special assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Counterintelligence and Security, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • June 2005 - May 2007, Commander, 2nd Field Investigations Region, Langley AFB, Va.
  • May 2007 - April 2010, Director, Special Investigations Directorate, Office of the Air Force Inspector General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • April 2010 – September 2014, Commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Joint Base Andrews, Md.[3]

Joint Assignments[edit]

  • August 1995 - June 1998, counterintelligence action officer, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a major and lieutenant colonel
  • July 2003 - June 2005, special assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Counterintelligence and Security, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel

Effective Dates of Promotion[edit]

Insignia Rank Date
US-O7 insignia.svg BG 2010
US-O6 insignia.svg COL 2003
US-O5 insignia.svg LTC 1997
US-O4 insignia.svg MAJ 1993
US-O3 insignia.svg CPT 1984
US-O2 insignia.svg 1LT 1982
US-O1 insignia.svg 2LT 1980

Major Awards and Decorations[edit]

Family Life[edit]

Brigadier General Jacobsen and his wife Karen live in Annapolis, Md. His office is at Andrews Air Force Base. They have two sons, Robby, who is a pro baseball player for the Potomac Nationals, a subsidiary of the Washington Nationals; and Steven, in his last year at Frostburg State University in Maryland.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Colonel Jacobsen assumes leadership of Air Force Office of Special Investigations". U.S. Air Force. 
  2. ^ "AFOSI Change of Command". U.S. Air Force. 
  3. ^ "BRIGADIER GENERAL KEVIN J. JACOBSEN > U.S. Air Force > Biography Display". Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Brigadier General Kevin Jacobsen Bio". Bio. U.S. Air Force. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. 
  5. ^ "Marple Newtown grad is now a Brigadier General". Marple Newtown grad is now a Brigadier General. Delaware County News Network. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "USAF OSI".

Military offices
Preceded by
Dana A. Simmons
Commander, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations
March 2010 – present
Succeeded by