General Charles H. Jacoby (ret.): The biggest national security threat you haven’t thought of

Commander, U.S. North Command

“There are some things that can’t be rolled back.”

Retired General Charles Jacoby understands that while the issue of climate change has become “politicized,” he says that, as a soldier, that doesn’t affect his views on the subject. “For me, I deal with what’s happening.” And what’s happening, according to the distinguished combat veteran and four-star general, is climate change.

From 2011 to 2014, Jacoby commanded the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, the military organization charged with defending the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas and the surrounding international waters from missile, maritime and other threats.

His command experience includes Commander, A Company, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 325th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Operation URGENT FURY, Grenada; Commander, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commander, Joint Task Force-Bravo, United States Southern Command, Honduras and Operation FUERTE APOYO (Strong Support), Hurricane Mitch; and Commanding General, United States Army Alaska and Deputy Commander, United States Alaskan Command; Commanding General, I Corps, including a combat tour in Iraq serving as the Commanding General, Multi-National Corps-Iraq. He most recently completed his tour as Director, Strategic Plans and Policy (J5); Senior Member, U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Military Staff Committee, The Joint Staff.

Jacoby holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters degree in military history from the University of Michigan. Jacoby was previously a member of the Joint Staff among other agencies. He has received numerous awards and honors for his service.

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