CDR Brian L. Jacobson
Deputy Force Chaplain, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
CDR Brian Jacobson was raised in Columbia Falls, Montana and was ordained by the Church of God in 1997. He has pastored two churches, in Kalispell, Montana from July 1995 to Dec 1999 and then in Rapid City, South Dakota from Dec 1999 until June 2001. During this time he received his B.S. in Science from Excelsior College, NY in January, 2002. During his last year of his undergraduate degree he enrolled in Seminary at The Church of God School of Theology in Cleveland, TN graduating in June 2003 with a Masters of Divinity Specialized in Military Chaplaincy. Chaplain Jacobson was then promoted to Ordained Bishop by the Church of God in 2007.
In March, 1982 CDR Jacobson entered the U.S. Army Reserves as an 88M (Truck Driver) and 77W (Water Purification Specialist). He transferred to the National Guard in November, 1988 as an M1A1 Tank Commander. In March, 1989 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. His duty stations included: Marine Corp Combat Training school, Camp Pendleton, CA; Precision Measurement and Calibration Specialist School, Lowery Air Force Base, Aurora, CO; Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, AZ; and Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan. Brian left the Marine Corp in February, 1993 and entered the Army National Guard as a Chaplains Assistant in July, 1997. In February, 2002 he transferred to the Naval Chaplains Candidate Officer’s Program. Chaplain Jacobson entered active duty in the Navy in October, 2003 and was assigned to the U.S. Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia, in September, 2004 he was then assigned as the Command Chaplain of Carrier Air Wing Eleven Air Station Lemoore, CA and completed his second tour in OIF, in November 2006 to Dec 2009 he was assigned as the Command Chaplain of the US Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, Maryland. In December 2009 Chaplain Jacobson was assigned as the 2d Reconnaissance Battalion Command Chaplain deploying to OIF for his 3rd time. In February 2012 he moved to 5th Battalion 10th Marines to help them decommission the Battalion on June 1st 2012. During the month of June Chaplain Jacobson attended Staff Officer Leadership development school at Fort Jackson South Carolina. In July 2012 to October 2015 he was assigned as the MAG-29 Group Command Chaplain USMC New River Air Station, Jacksonville, North Carolina. In November 2015 to August 2017 he assumed the position of the Naval Air Station Fallon Command Chaplain. In September 2017 he was assigned to Marine Corps Forces, Pacific as the Deputy Force Chaplain.
Chaplain Jacobson’s personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, three Reserve Forces Good Conduct Medals, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and various unit awards. Chaplain Jacobson has also been recognized by the USO as the recipient of the 2009 National Capital Region Volunteer of the year award for the USCG, Baltimore 2009 Excellence in Federal Career Program he received the Outstanding Professional (Administrative Management and Specialist) award and in 2010 the Outstanding Volunteer Service award. In October 2015 he was selected for and received the Military Chaplains Association, Distinguished Service award as Marine Corps Chaplain of the Year.