Colonel Todd Jacobus has been named the keynote speaker of Anamosa's Memorial Day ceremony, which will begin at Riverside Cemetery at approximately 10 a.m. May 27.
Jacobus was born and raised in Des Moines and graduated from Hoover High School and The University of Iowa. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and has served as an Engineer Officer. He retired in December 2017 after serving over 33 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard. He commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade levels and has served in staff assignments in the engineering, human resource management, facilities management, and military support to civil authorities areas.
He deployed in to Germany in 1991, Iraq in 2004-05, and Kosovo in 2015-16. He is a graduate of the Command & General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College. He served as a Senior Service College Fellow at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and on the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs from 2008-2014, including as chairman from 2011-13.
Jacobus retired from active service on December 25, 2017, after serving over 33 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and Iowa Army National Guard. His last assignment was as the Director of Military Support, where he was responsible to the Adjutant General of Iowa for planning, developing, and executing strategies, programs, and resources to train, mobilize, deploy, reconstitute and sustain units in support of domestic operations.
Jacobus graduated from Hoover High School in 1985 and earned a Bachelor Degree in English and Secondary Education Teaching Certificate from The University of Iowa in 1989, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Drake University in 2003, and completed the International Security Studies Fellowship Program at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in June 2010.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, bronze star, the 1996 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award, and the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.
He has served on numerous occasions as president of the Congregational Council at Grand View Lutheran Church, is president of the Hoover Meredith Learning Community Foundation, chair of the Hoover High School Alumni Association, is on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Sports Foundation, is an adult leader with Boy Scouts of America, and is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Veterans (AMVETS), Military Officers Association of America, Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and is a Master Mason.
He and his wife, Heather, have four adult children and reside in Des Moines. He is currently assigned as the Director of Military Support for the Iowa National Guard.