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Don't be a fool and die for your country. Let the other sonofabitch die for his.
-- General George S. Patton

October 01, 2005

First Female Airman Casualty In The War On Terror In Iraq

According to the Air Force homepage:

Defensor Fortis - Defender of the Force

airman jacobson.jpg

Female Airman killed in Iraq
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. (Courtesy photo)

Airman killed in Iraq

9/30/2005 - 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.”

For those of us in blue it is always painful to hear about the loss of an Airman, the loss of one of our own, one of the blue beret's is especially difficult to deal with.

I did not know Airmen First Class (A1C) Jacobson but I know many defenders like her. Dedicated to their country and the Air Force and their unit. It hurts every time we lose one of our brave men and women.

My heart goes out to the friends and family of A1C Jacobson.

The flag here at the Slaughterhouse will fly at half staff for the next 30 days to remember the brave defender!


I respectfully request that other bloggers link to this post and show respect and support for the family of this brave young woman lost in combat. To my readers who do not have sites of their own, please feel free to leave words of encouragement for those she left behind in the comments section.

Never forget that these brave men and women do this for all of us, for our friends, our families our nation.

Every day in my profession I train people in Combat Weapons, I teach them the tools they need to defend themselves. I see thousands of faces each year, all of whom could be thrown in harms way at a moments notice, and in many cases with little to no notice at all. I have been sent to the most remote areas of our planet and survived in terrible conditions. Each time I return home I know I must be blessed. Regardless of your politics, remember these brave people and respect them as they respect you each and every day by putting their lives on the line for you and your family.

**UPDATE** The Palm Beach Post has a nice article on A1C Jacobson. H/T to Linda for the link.

superman s.giflagleRock Out!

Posted by SlagleRock at October 1, 2005 01:27 PM | TrackBack

Please forward my respects to Airman Jacobson's family and that I share their sorrow for their loss.

It makes no difference her sex, branch or specialty, she was one of our own, and we are all diminshed by her loss.

Posted by: delftsman3 at October 1, 2005 02:26 PM

Delftsman3 said it so much better than I ever could. Please pass along my condolences as well.

Posted by: Ted at October 1, 2005 03:24 PM

Airman Jacobson,I salute you.This nation shall be forever in your debt.Please forward my respects as well.Her loved ones shall remain in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Posted by: PappaSlagle at October 1, 2005 04:20 PM

We are never prepared for the passing of a loved one, I share the sorrow of the family and friends of Airman Jacobson and salute her selfless service to our nation, you will be missed and always remembered. Godspeed, Rest In Peace.

Letter from Heaven

To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say,
But first of all to let you know that I’ve arrived okay.
I’m writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here there’s no tears of sadness; Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on Earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you.
It’s good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family,- they’ll be here later on.
I need you badly, you’re part of my plan.
There’s so much we have to do to help our mortal man.”

God gave me a list of things, that He wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the days chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you… in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on Earth, and all those loving years,
Because you’re only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there could be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over,
Now, more than ever before I’m to you closer.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But remember to do it by taking one day at a time.
It’s always my philosophy and I’d like it for you too;
That as you give the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who’s in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night… “My day was not in vain.”
And now I am contented… that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
Lend a hand to pick him up as on your way you go.
When you’re walking down the street and you’ve got me on your mind;
I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it’s time for you to go… from your body to be free,
Remember, you’re not going… you’re coming here to me.

Posted by: Jack at October 1, 2005 06:27 PM

God Speed Fellow Defender, you will never be forgotten. Though I never had the privledge of meeting you, you were my sister through the badge. My heart goes out to Airman Jacobson's family.

"Defender's lead the way"

Jerrod D. Tracht, SSgt, USAF

Posted by: Defender1 at October 1, 2005 07:52 PM

We thank her for defending our nation, and our heartfelt condolences to her family.

Posted by: West at October 1, 2005 10:10 PM

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

Posted by: CCN at October 2, 2005 12:30 AM

My prayers go out to the Jacobsen Family in this time of there loss.

Posted by: LC/Ib NeilV at October 2, 2005 04:51 AM

My deepest honor and respect to Elizabeth Jacobsen and the life she lived and offered for her country. My condolences to the Jacobsen family and my thanks to all our soldiers for my freedom. May God be with you

Posted by: eaglescry at October 2, 2005 10:19 AM

I'm beyond words. May the Lord take her and comfort her family.

Posted by: Howie at October 2, 2005 11:01 AM

The nations thoughts and prayers are with airman Jacobsen and the ones she left behine. God speed!

Posted by: Joan at October 2, 2005 01:37 PM

My condolences to the Jacobson family. It is because of the sacrifice and bravery of people like Elizabeth that we enjoy freedom in this great country.

Dios te bendiga (God bless you)

American by choice not by chance

Posted by: ramon zuniga at October 2, 2005 04:37 PM

SlagleRock, please let Airman Jacobson's family know how very sorry I am. My prayers are with her family and loved ones.

I have put Airman Jacobson's photo and something about her at my Blog.

We toast our hearty comrades who have fallen from the skies, and were gently caught by God's own hand to be with him on High.

To dwell among the soaring clouds they've known so well before. From victory roll to tail chase, at heaven's very door.

As we fly among them there, we're sure to head their plea. To take care my friend, watch your six, and do one more roll for me.

— Commander Jerry Coffee, Hanoi, 1968

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 2, 2005 04:58 PM

My heart is with the family of this brave and honorable young woman, who gave her all in service to this country.

Posted by: LindaSoG at October 2, 2005 05:08 PM

Truly a sad loss of a beautiful young , brave soldier. God Bless you Elizabeth and your loving family.

Posted by: AFMOM at October 2, 2005 06:57 PM

I too say another sad loss of one of our own.
And as always... say a prayer for all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who have paid the ultimate price for freedom...

Posted by: AubreyJ at October 3, 2005 02:13 PM

Liz Im gonna miss you girl your smile..your seems like only yesterday we were in the dorms partying..or at the club dancing together dont worry all of us fellow brother and sister security forces will carry on your bravery!

Posted by: lou4612 at October 3, 2005 05:29 PM

SlagleRock - placed my stone in the blogosphere memorial for A1C Jacobson.

Godspeed, A1C Elizabeth Jacobson. My family and friends hold you and your family and friends in our prayers.

God Bless.

Posted by: LinkedInUSAF at October 4, 2005 01:12 AM

Elizabeth, I remembered you from BMT and I know how much of a wonderful person you were so when I heard the news it really hurt my heart. I want to send my condolences to the Jacobson family on behalf of Flight 162 of the 324th Training Squadron. Keep her memory in all of your hearts, she will only truly be gone if you forget her. You are in my prayers.

Posted by: K Forde at October 4, 2005 03:35 PM

Hoorah.. Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson...Hoorah. I salute you. May the blessing of God be with your family.

Posted by: Karl-Marx Edward Okeke at October 4, 2005 05:01 PM

I had read in the paper the other day that she had been killed--and, I felt very sad. Then I see her photo and I sat there for the longest time, just looking at her -- thinking how her Mom & Dad must feel. I know their pain. A few days ago, on Sept 26th, I marked the 2nd anniversary of the death (non-military) of my young son Timothy--he had just turned 27 years old a month befiore he died. I wish I could reach out to Elizabeth's parents, just to say "I know, I know." It hurts my heart to look at her. When a name becomes a young face--like Elizabeth--I have a very hard time convincing myself that our involvement in Iraq is worth this tremendous loss. So very young. Such a waste of precious life.

Posted by: Larry Borders at October 4, 2005 06:29 PM

Written by Marian Allen during
World War l .

The Wind on The Downs

I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.

Thank you for your service and for our
daily freedoms. We will remember you.

Debra Estep
Proud AF Mom - A1C 'Vinny'

Posted by: Debra Estep at October 5, 2005 03:47 AM

As my wingman in BMT, I grew to know you pretty well..we would sit and talk when we heart was hurt when i heard the terrible news...May God have you in his glory forever...
Elizabeth Jacobson
Flight 162
324th Training Sq

Posted by: Melissa at October 5, 2005 12:51 PM

Robbie, if the amount of traffic my blog is getting from people Googling A1C Jacobson's name is any indication there have to be a lot of people out there who cared about her. I didn't even know her but I miss her already.

Posted by: Bill Faith at October 5, 2005 04:16 PM

A friend is lost, but she will be remembered by all of the other millions of us who have ever raised our fingers to the brow. Good bye comrade.

Posted by: Joe at October 6, 2005 05:02 AM

My daughter A1C Ciara Gardiner is also Security Forces, stationed in Baghdad. She sent the tragic news home to us and I have to say, our prayers and hearts are with Elizabeths' Family. We pray that you will find strength and solace in the fact that she was proud to do what she did. So many do not understand and I hear kids say, "I am not joining to go to war...that is so stupid"...well, it's not and Thank God we have brave kids that ARE willing to go and defend our freedom. We can never take for granted the sacrifices of our soldiers. I am passing this website on to all I can, so they can see the face of a beautiful, brave young woman. God Bless!

Posted by: Mia Brown at October 6, 2005 07:36 AM

Rest in peace. She served the spread of human freedom and democracy.

My prayers and support to her family. God bless.

Mark in Illinois

Posted by: Mark at October 6, 2005 06:18 PM

Liz, I am going to miss you... Even though I wasn't in the SFS, you still treated me like a sister. I thank you for all your support and laughter through my trying times. I will never forget you, and although my heart is heavy and my eyes fill with tears, I am happy that you are finally home. God bless you and keep you.

Erika A Ochoa, A1C
Goodfellow AFB TX

Posted by: A1C Erika Ochoa at October 7, 2005 08:43 AM

Thank Airman 1st class Jacobsen's family for me too, her sex doesn't matter,she was serving her nation and that's all that matters.Slagelrock,just a little off topic,but I noticed that none of the millblogs mentioned anything about the death of of another of our great heroes,World War 2 fighter ace and founder of the Blue Angels Captain Roy "Butch"Voris back in August,I just found out about it myself this week.I don't know how the millblog community lost track of this news.I don't expect the media types now mostly ignorant and stupid genXers are the "reporters"now so I'm not surprised they ignored this story,but I was very surprised that the military community missed this.Let me know if you have heard anything.

Posted by: Lisa gilliam at October 7, 2005 04:50 PM

Please pass my respects on to the Jacobson family along with all the others.
A good soldier like her deserves nothing less that the respect of all those she -- and, once upon a time, I -- defended.

I have linked your article here in my own blog.


Posted by: Brian Knutson at October 8, 2005 07:36 PM

I was stationed with Jacobson here in Iraq. She had one of the best personalities ever. She was one of the few AF people I talked to. She was always smiling. She never cared what branch of service we were in, because we all wore DCU's.

PFC Andrea Whitlow

Posted by: Andrea at October 9, 2005 05:35 AM


Posted by: Angry wife at October 9, 2005 09:39 AM

Angry wife,I have to agree with you.It is time to bring the troops home.I don't know that I agree that Bush is a selfish bastard.I do believe that he is a stupid man with little regard for the wishes of the American people.I believe that the state of the Union and his approval rating speak for themselves.We can omly hope that this stupid man can make an intelligent decision soon.I will forever support our troops but I have little use for this commander in chief.

God bless the USA

Posted by: PappaSlagle at October 9, 2005 05:23 PM

Didn,t realise until today you suffered your 1st female combat casualty. Makes for very sombre reading.I salute the courage of your men and women in uniform. I despair at our politicians failings. Currently in the UK we are seeing pictures of the earthquake in Pakistan and asking for aid.Are these the same muslims who a few weeks ago said that the US hurricanes were the work of God?? Makes you think eh?? I,ll be saying a prayer for Jacobsons Friends and family.

Posted by: BigSapper at October 10, 2005 04:16 AM

angry wife, slow your roll. This Defender was doing a job she signed up to do. Don't get me wrong, it hurts. My husband and all my AF friends are Defenders. We all feel the sorrow of this loss. BUT, our troops deployed are doing an awesome job and don't need the constant undermining of our CIC put in their face 24/7. If we pull out now, we, the US Military, will once again be called a failure, aka Vietnam. We will once again be attacked. Don't doubt that for one single minute. Leaving now would negate this Defenders sacrifice and the sacrifice of all our other Warriors who believed in their mission and gave their all. The only exit strategy is total fucking victory over the scum causing this death and destruction. We didn't liberate europe in 2 years and we didn't cut and run when thousands died in battle. Why should this be any different? To honor A1C Jacobson's sacrifice is to defeat our enemies decisively. May God keep her in His hands and give comfort to her family. May He also protect our Warriors in harms way and give our President the moral strength to stay the course.

Posted by: Theresa at October 10, 2005 10:46 AM

Thank you all for remembering my granddaughter, she was precious to me and by all the comments that everyone has made, she was precious to her fellow brethern as well, and has made an impact on all that have known her. She was a very confused young determined teenager when she lived with us, but the Air Force has completed and rounded out that determination into a fine woman who the Country can be very proud of. She was full of smiles, and had a softness about her that even under the hardest times, would bring a smile to your face. She always had a kind word to say, and tried to please everyone around her. Many Security Force comrades have written me to give me more insight on my granddaughter and the stories that they have told have only further instilled the goodness that this child brought to all. G-d Bless all those who protect and defend this Country. Sondra & Cos

Posted by: Sondra at October 14, 2005 10:53 AM

To the family of A1C Jacobson: Stay proud always of your daughter's sacrifice. She did what she loved doing. And she left this world a better place for her efforts. Although I did not know her, I will keep her in my rememberances of AF personnel that also lost their lives in the time of my service.

A1C Jacobson, I salute you.

Patrick Pulatie, SSgt
81st Sec Police Sq
RAF Bentwaters 1977-1981

Posted by: Patrick at October 19, 2005 07:32 PM

Thank you all from a very proud Grandparent who helped to raise Elizabeth when she chose to move to Riviera Beach, Florida and be among the stability of her grandparents. Her father and mother may have given her life, but she always knew that she was "home" when she came to us. She was a troubled and caring teen who only needed direction in life in order to become the woman that she became. Elizabeth's life was cut short by fanatics, but she knew that in order to preserve our Freedom only the brave would be able to succeed where the cowards would cower in the name of a false G-d. Elizabeth's smile would bring the mighty to their knees and now she is guarding the Gates of Heaven in her Blue Beret. Those of you that would like to see a wonderful tribute that the Eagle Chapter of AFSF should go to -- the site of the PROUD WARRIOR that we have designated as the Charity to Honor Elizabeth. To Elizabeth: Honey, you were my joy in life and you should know that your sisters, Grandfather and I will always miss you. Love, Gram

Posted by: Sondra Millman at October 23, 2005 09:23 PM

Airman First Class Jscobson, we started basic training together in Flight 162 324th Training Squadron. Even though we only knew each other for a short period of time you were a wonderful person to know. Your perky and positive attitude was a joy to have around. God called this special lady home for a reason. We should all take her death as a wake up call. Life is entirely too short to walk around with a frown on our faces and a grudge in our hearts. We should thank God for every new day he allows us to see and that alone is more than enough reason to praise his name. We should live life to the fullest and live for the Lord for one day we too will follow behind Elizabeth's footsteps and get called home. No one knows when his or her time will be, so we need to live right for Jesus while we still have breathe in our bodies. Are YOU ready to go right now if you were called home? To Jacobson's family, keep your trust in the Lord and never stray from it. My heart and prayers are with all of you. She was truley a wonderful person to know and to be around, she will be GREATLY missed by those who knew her.
God Bless

Posted by: Quanita Knight at October 24, 2005 08:02 AM

I am so sorry for her families loss. I did not know Elizabeth, but I served with many like her. I was in the Air Force from 1996-2001. Some people have a "call to duty" and Elizabeth was one of them. She seemed like an outstanding young lady and terrific airman! I know that she would want everyone to remember her sacrifice. I will never forget her face and name...along with the other men and women who have gone before and after her. Elizabeth has a special place in heaven and will be guarding more important gates for eternity! God Bless her family and friends!


Posted by: Deana at November 3, 2005 08:49 AM

As a former Air Force K-9 handler and 14 year SP, I’d like to say I’m proud of this young lady. I remember when women in the SP career field were wrongly looked down upon as a liability and a general pain in the butt. Times have changed and for the better. She did what many of her fellow servicemen from all the services have done. She gave of herself and thought of others first. I’m sure she could have gotten out of her assignment, there are always ways to do that. But she didn’t and that what makes her special. As a father of two young girls, I will be sure to let my daughters know of this young lady and her sacrifice. God Bless her family.

Posted by: Mike at November 3, 2005 04:31 PM

I remember seeing this while attending ALS it was a sad day for myself. Even though a it happened a few weeks before I found out, I was sad to just learn about this and why I haven't known about it before. I'am sad to see one of our fellow Airmen leave us. I salute you A1C Jacobson & am sorry for the friends and families this has affected.

SrA Savage

Posted by: David at November 15, 2005 03:21 AM
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