OMAHA, Neb. - Lt. Col. Carolyn S. Jacobson, daughter of Lincoln and Ann Sunderland, Peru, retired from the U.S. Air Force Sept. 30.
Jacobson was commissioned in 1989 through the ROTC program at Clarkson University and entered the USAF as a research and development engineer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. She then cross-trained into civil engineering and completed her master's degree at the Air Force Institute of Technology.
From 1996-2000, Jacobson served as construction services chief in Los Angeles, Calif.; and as environmental flight commander in Lajes Field, Portugal, and Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. In 2001, Jacobson cross-trained a second time to become a bioenvironmental engineer. From 2001 until her retirement, she served as pollution program manager at the C-17 Special Programs Office at Wright Patterson AFB in Oregon, and as commander of bioenvironmental engineer flights at Brooks AFB in Texas and Scott AFB in Illinois.
Jacobson and her husband, Lt. Col. John Jacobson, have two daughters, Helen, 9, and Greta, 6. Upon retirement, Jacobson and her daughters have joined her husband at Offutt AFB, in Omaha, Neb.
Jacobsen is now employed by the federal government as a natural and cultural resources manager, working at Offutt AFB.