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Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson

Spokesperson, International Security Assistance Force


Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1955, finished his school education there and joined the German Army as an Armoured Officer Cadet in 1974.

After serving in the classical functions in various Armoured Battalions on M 48 Patton, Leopard 1 and Leopard 2, he was trained as a General Staff Officer at the German Fuehrungsakademie from 1986 to 1988.

As G 3 Operations I. (DEU) Corps, he wrote the Corps last General Defence and first German Army Re-Unification Plan.

Following Staff Training in Camberley / UK, he served as COS Armoured Brigade and MA to VCDS Germany.

After Battalion Command and an Operational Tour in SFOR 1997 / 1998, he was ACOS G 3 II. (DEU) during the initial force built-up for KFOR.

On September 10, 2001, he started his tour as Military Attache to Washington DC,  a fascinating experience for him and his family.

He commanded Panzerlehrbrigade 9, followed by an assignment to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Germany.

His last position was Chief of Staff, German Army Forces Command.

Brigadier General Jacobson is married to Sally, a former British Army captain (QARANC), who is also his best friend. His main hobby is military history.

The couple has two sons, John and Alexander.