CDR Jacobi began his operational flying in July 2003 with the “Dragonwhales” of HC-8. While a “Dragonwhale,” he deployed aboard USS SEATTLE (AOE 3), USS NASSAU (LHA 4) and USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3), participating in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Operational ENDURING FREEDOM and supporting humanitarian assistance operations in Haiti.
Following his tour with HC-8, LCDR Jacobi reported to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada where he qualified as a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Mountain Flying Instructor and Joint Terminal Attack Controller. During his tenure at NSAWC, LCDR Jacobi served as the lead N8 Training Officer and Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Program Manager.
In 2008, LCDR Jacobi joined the “Wildcards” of HSC-23 in San Diego, CA where he served as the squadron Training Officer and managed the squadron’s transition to the MH-60S Armed Helicopter system. During this time he also trained three Naval Air Ambulance Detachments for combat deployments in Basra, Iraq and received the command’s Pilot of the Year award.
At the completion of his Training Officer tour in 2010, LCDR Jacobi reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he completed a master’s degree in Systems Engineering, specializing in unmanned combat systems. At the completion of his course of study, he was awarded the prestigious Wayne E Meyer Awards for Excellence in Systems Engineering.
In 2012, LCDR Jacobi returned to HSC-3 for refresher training en route to his Department Head tour and completed Aviation Safety Officer School before reporting to the “Golden Falcons” of HSC-12. During this tour, he conducted a permanent duty station move with the squadron from San Diego to Atsugi, Japan. CDR Jacobi conducted four patrols onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), including Operation DAMAYAN disaster relief in the Philippines.
Following his Department Head tour, CDR Jacobi served as the Helicopter Sea Assignments officer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee. In 2015, CDR Jacobi was selected for the Secretary of the Navy Tours With Industry Program. Assigned to Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery team in Seattle Washington, he integrated with the Flight Test team as Technical Operations Engineer.