Col. Ed C. Jacobsen retires from the Army, leaving command of the 11th Military Police Brigade “Justice Guardians” at the Joint Forces Training in Los Alamitos, Calif. Col. Jacobsen said, “Ending my days of wearing the uniform will be the most difficult transition. It was my great honor and privilege to command this storied brigade.”

Col. Jacobsen returned from Afghanistan in January with his dog Toffee, who has been a working bomb dog in Afghanistan for the past four years at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, providing a blanket of security for the soldiers and civilians who worked there. Toffee is in fact a war hero and the Jacobsens are honored to have him as part of their family.

Col. Jacobsen retires with 30 years of commissioned military experience. Entering the Army in 1984, he received his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Weber State University, Utah, where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Corrections and Law Enforcement. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration. Currently he operates Jake’s Chaparral in Kanab, Utah, with his wife Terry, sons Shawn, Zachary and Jimmie, and daughter-in-law Autumn.

Col. Jacobsen served as the Director of Detention and Corrections Advisor in Afghanistan for over 22 months in different capacities. He was also assigned Commander of the Multi-National Division Rear Operation center where he oversaw prison operations as Warden at Camp Cropper in Baghdad, Iraq. 

As a citizen-soldier, he is retired from the Federal Prison Complex in Victorville, Calif., where he retired as GS-14 Warden with over 25 years in service to the Federal Bureau of Prisons across the United States and Puerto Rico. He has had a full career of managing, operating and administrating some of the most difficult prisons in the United States, Iraq and Afghanistan.

When asked what his plans are he said, “To help make the family business a success, and serve a long-awaited LDS Mission with his wife Terry.”

Col. Jacobsen has been married for 31 years to his college sweetheart Terry. They have seven children; Wade (Sara), Amanda (Benjamin), Shawn (Autum), Jimmie, Emily, Sara (Benjamin) and Zachary. They also have six grandchildren; Savannah, Leah, Luke, Alexander, Dakota and Nathan.