Jacobson Expeditionary Award
Air Force Approves Elizabeth N. Jacobson Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12 2006 — Air Force approves the Elizabeth N. Jacobson Award for Expeditionary Excellence. A1C Elizabeth Nicole Jacobson was the first Security Force member and the first AF female to be killed in action in Iraq. An initiative sponsored by Gen Robert H. Holmes and Chief Master Sergeant Bruce Broder, this new annual Security Forces award will formally recognize the war fighting contributions and outstanding accomplishments of our youngest warriors, our first-enlistment Security Forces Airmen. Gen Holmes and Chief Broder are the Air Forces top security forces officer and enlisted member, respectively. In a statement released May 12, General Holmes stated, “Elizabeth and her courage, compassion and contribution to both our nation and society will not be forgotten. She was a truly exceptional woman and will be remembered each year as we honor the next generation of outstanding young Security Forces Warriors.”
The Jacobson Expeditionary Award recognizes airmen for their accomplishments while deployed. Airmen are first recognized at the unit level, they then compete at the Major Command and then at the Air Force level for the annual recognition. This page contains a mixture of airman who received the award at all levels.
Senior Airman James Dixon, 75th Security Forces Squadron
In early April 2007, Brigadier General Mary Kay Hertog, Headquarters U. S. Air Force Director of Security Forces, presented the first recipient of the Elizabeth N. Jacobson Award for Expeditionary Excellence to Senior Airman James Dixon. SrA Dixon, the awardee for the 2006 calendar year, is assigned to the 75th Security Forces Squadron, Hill Air Force Base Utah. Senior Airman Dixon demonstrated excellence while deployed to Iraq. While serving in Baghdad Iraq, Airman Dixon was the first to respond on scene to a burning apartment and led the evacuation of 150 Iraqis. He was also the first on scene to respond to an attack of 15 rockets and mortars where he evacuated the impact area and shielding 300 people from danger.
Senior Airman Lindsey Whitfield, 99th Security Support Squadron
Senior Airman Lindsey Whitfield, 99th Security Support Squadron assistant personnel reliability program noncommissioned officer in charge, while on assignment to a forward deployed location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Airman Whitfield recently received the Nellis AFB inaugural Elizabeth N. Jacobson Award for Expeditionary Excellence during a ceremony held at Nellis AFB, Nev., Jan. 31. (Courtesy photo) SRA Whitfield went on to be selected as the USAF Security Forces award winner for calendar 2007.
Senior Airman Brandon Foster, 17th Security Forces Squadron
Senior Airman Brandon Foster checks the chamber of an M-4 carbine in the 17th Security Forces armory. Airman Foster, a patrol member with the 17 SFS, was awarded the Elizabeth N. Jacobson Award for Expedionary Excellence Dec. 10, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Gina O’Bryan)
Senior Airman Kenneth Cook, 386th ESFS
SrA Kenneth Cook receives a local award of the Jacobson Legacy Honor Certificate for his work while deployed to the 386th ESFS, Ali Al Salem, Kuwait.
Airman First Class Elizabeth Lyons, 386th ESFS
A1C Elizabeth Lyons receives a local award of the Jacobson Legacy Honor Certificate for her work while deployed to the 386th ESFS, Ali Al Salem, Kuwait.
At the Gateway Club at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Richmond native Lenton Luss was recently awarded the following for 2009: Army Commendation Medal for Expeditionary Excellence; 12 Special Operation Security Forces Squadron (12 SOSFS) Outstanding Professional Performer for Air Force Special Operation Command (AFSOC); Outstanding Professional Performer; and A1C Elizabeth Jacobson Award for Expeditionary Excellence. Luss was also promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Leiutenant General Reno, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force administered the Oath. Brigadier General McMillan, Director of Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, tacked on a stripe. Command Master Sergeant Zidack, Security Forces Career Field Manager, also tacked on a stripe.