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Colonel Jack Jacobs


Born in Brooklyn, Colonel Jack Jacobs is an Army Veteran who received the Nation’s highest military honor for his heroism in Vietnam, the Medal of Honor. Colonel Jacobs, a media personality who can be seen regularly on MSNBC and NBC, and often on shows including Morning Joe, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, and Rachel Maddow, is one of only 73 living Medal of Honor recipients.

He served in Vietnam twice, both times as an advisor to Vietnamese infantry battalions, earning three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars, and the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest combat decoration. Jacobs retired as a Colonel in 1987. After retirement, he was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust, where he ran foreign exchange options worldwide and was a partner in the institutional hedge fund business and subsequently founded a similar business for Lehman Brothers.

Jacobs is currently the Chair of the Veterans Advancement Program at the New York Film Academy, a Senior Fellow at the US Military Academy, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rutgers University. He is the co-author of the memoir, If Not Now, When?, published by Penguin and winner of the Colby Award. His second work of nonfiction is Basic, released by St. Martin’s Press in 2012.

Most recently, Jacobs visited NYFA’s South Beach campus to meet with Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County to discuss veteran opportunities within the Film and Media industries.

Notable Credits
Ten Weeks, Real-Time with Bill Maher, The Rachel Maddow Show, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

Jack Jacobs Guest Speaker


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