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Rucking to remember A1C Jacobson

Airmen cross the finish line for the Airman 1st Class Jacobson Memorial March at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 28, 2018. Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson was killed in action Sept. 28, 2005, on patrol near the Iraqi town of Safwan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Airmen cross the finish line for the Airman 1st Class Jacobson Memorial March at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 28, 2018. Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson was killed in action Sept. 28, 2005, on patrol near the Iraqi town of Safwan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commander, speaks to Soldiers during the Airman 1st Class Jacobson Memorial March at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 28, 2018. Due to mission requirements, the 344th MI BN performed their march prior to the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Yukio Kuniyuki, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion commander, speaks to Soldiers during the Airman 1st Class Jacobson Memorial March at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 28, 2018. Due to mission requirements, the 344th MI BN performed their march prior to the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, leads the Airman 1st Class Jacobson Memorial March at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 28, 2018. Mills and other Airmen rucked with 21 pounds in their bag to signify the age of Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson when she was killed in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, leads the Airman 1st Class Jacobson Memorial March at the parade field on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 28, 2018. Mills and other Airmen rucked with 21 pounds in their bag to signify the age of Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson when she was killed in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Airmen march along the perimeter during the Airman 1st Class Jacobson Memorial March on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 28, 2018. The 17th Security Forces Squadron hosted the event to honor one of their own fallen members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Airmen march along the perimeter during the Airman 1st Class Jacobson Memorial March on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 28, 2018. The 17th Security Forces Squadron hosted the event to honor one of their own fallen members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Airmen run along the perimeter during the Airman 1st Class Jacobson Memorial March on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 28, 2018. The Airmen rucked 6.2 miles in honor of Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson, who was the first security forces Airman, and first female Airman, to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

Airmen run along the base perimeter during the Airman 1st Class Jacobson Memorial March on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 28, 2018. The Airmen rucked 6.2 miles in honor of Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson, who was the first security forces Airman, and first female Airman, to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Security Forces Squadron hosted a 6.2-mile ruck march that started at the parade field and continued along the perimeter of the base Sept. 28.

Airmen and Soldiers came out to the event to honor Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson, a security forces member assigned to Goodfellow who was killed in the line of duty.

“Elizabeth was the first person I met when I came here in 2004,” said Senior Master Sgt. Russell Weatherby, 721st Security Forces Squadron reservist. “She had a heart as big as Texas. She had drive and determination. She gave everything she had, until the day she was taken.”

On Sept. 28, 2005, Jacobson was on patrol near the Iraqi town of Safwan. Her vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device, killing her and U.S. Army Sgt. Steve Mornin. She was the first security forces Airman, and first female Airman, to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“I was her teammate, and I saw her the day before she was killed in action,” said Weatherby. “I recovered her vehicle and I recovered her gear. That has left a mark on me. My mission in life, regardless if it is Air Force or it’s in the civilian world, is to make sure people don’t forget who Elizabeth Nicole Jacobson was and what she means.”

Prior to the march, Chief Master Sgt. Lavor Kirkpatrick, 17th Training Wing command chief, provided a speech about Jacobson.

“We’ve had people say lot of things about Airman Jacobson, about her life and what she did,” said Kirkpatrick. “I want to leave you with her own words, because she lived this to the fullest. Her favorite quote was, ‘We’re on Earth for a little while, so live life to the fullest and carry a smile.’ I love that, because I’ve witnessed her do that, and I know that is what she is all about.”

Both Kirkpatrick and Weatherby knew Jacobson and participated in the march wearing rucksacks that weighed 21 pounds, a pound for every year she was alive.

“The weight is irrelevant,” said Weatherby. “It is the march itself that has the most meaning. It’s what we are doing for her that matters.”

Security forces hosts this event every year in her honor. The base also memorialized her name on the south gate where she used to stand guard and defend the base.