Retired July 1, 1981.
Major General John H. Jacobsmeyer Jr. is the vice director of the Defense Communications Agency with headquarters in Arlington, Va.
General Jacobsmeyer was born in 1930, in Portsmouth, N.H., and graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1948. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in June 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and, as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps, received a commission as a second lieutenant. He earned master of science degrees in electrical engineering and aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1954 and 1955, respectively, and graduated from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 1971.
In August 1952 General Jacobsmeyer was assigned as a test project officer in the 6580th Missile Test Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and in June 1953 entered the Air Force Institute of Technology sponsored Guided Missile Course at the University of Michigan. Upon completion of the two-year program, he was reassigned to missile test activities at Holloman Air Force Base.
In December 1958 General Jacobsmeyer was transferred to the Air Proving Ground Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where he was at first involved with weapon scoring systems, and later formed a team designing multistage rocket vehicles for research probes to altitudes of 50 to 150 miles. He returned to the University of Michigan in June 1962 for further graduate study in electrical engineering.
His next assignment was to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in January 1965, first in the Directorate of Science and Technology and later in the Directorate of Development. In July 1969 he was transferred to L.G. Hanscom Field, Mass., and served in the Electronic Systems Division of Air Force Systems Command as director of test and deployment for the Airborne Warning and Control System program. From August 1970 to May 1971, he attended the Air War College.
General Jacobsmeyer was deputy commander of the 1964th Communications Group and assistant deputy chief of staff for communications-electronics, Seventh Air Force, at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, from July 1971 to June 1972.
He was then assigned to the Defense Communications Agency, Arlington, Va., where he served successively as chief of the Research and Development Division and as commander of the System Engineering Facility. In October 1973 General Jacobsmeyer was assigned as associate director of the Defense Communications Engineering Center.
General Jacobsmeyer became deputy director, plans and programs, Defense Communications Agency, Arlington, Va., in June 1974. He was next assigned as deputy chief of communications, electronics and computer resources, for the North American Air Defense Command and the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., from August 1976 to September 1978. He assumed his present duties on Sept. 16, 1978.
His military decorations and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award ribbon with "V" device, and the Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal, first class. He also wears the Missileman Badge.
General Jacobsmeyer was promoted to the grade of major general on April 1, 1977, with date of rank Dec. 1, 1973.
His hometown is Portsmouth, N.H.