UNC Pembroke alumna Charlyne Jacobs has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the North Carolina Army National Guard.
Jacobs enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1999, and began her commissioned service in 2003 after graduating from Officer Candidate School. She has served in a variety of leadership positions, including platoon leader, battalion personnel officer, company executive officer, company commander, engineer plans officer and operations officer. She has been on full-time duty since 2006.
Currently, she is the commander of the 2nd Mod Battalion, 139th Regiment in Fort Bragg. She also is the Safety and Occupational Health Manager of the NC Army National Guard. With more than 20 years of service in the National Guard, Lt. Col. Jacobs has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, in Joint Training Exercises in Germany and in various locations throughout the United States. During her first deployment, she was platoon leader and one of only 10 women in a group of 4,500 officers in Iraq.
Jacobs’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Mobilization, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Training Ribbon, North Carolina Service Medal, North Carolina Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge and the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal.
Jacobs received her bachelor’s degree from UNCP in 1998, and a Master of Business Administration from Trident University in 2008. She graduated from East Columbus High School in 1994.
She is the daughter of Barty and Mary Jacobs, of Lake Waccamaw, and is a member of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe. She lives in Clayton with her husband, Ronald Burrow, and grandson, Aiden.