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Monday, October 03, 2005

First Female Airman Casualty In The War On Terror 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.”

The Palm Beach Post did a nice story about this brave American.

Condolences to her friends and family members. My dad served about 32 years in the Air Force, and it's a very small-knit community. Whenever we'd move to some other base while I was growing up, he'd always run into personnel he knew from elsewhere; or meet new people who knew mutual friends.
Me too...dependent and active duty personnel were always at the next post. I remember classmates who I met up with again in different grades and different posts. It was a wonderful experience since we lived in boxes moving year after year. The amazing story behind the story of this soldier is that she requested forward duty. My heart goes out to her and her family and we must honor the duty and sacrifice she and all other military personnel make for our safety.
Our prayers are with her and her family.
God bless...
God Bless all who fought for this great country!
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