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. General Jacoby assumed this post — the first army officer to do so — after extensive leadership both home and abroad, including as the 32nd Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps and the head of the 5th Marine Regiment during the 2003 Iraq invasion.
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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