KIA December 5, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 66th Military Intelligence Brigade, Hohenfels, Germany
Army SSG Jason Reeves died Sunday, December 5, 2010, from wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device in the Paktia Province of Afghanistan. According to the International Security Assistance Force, a suicide bomb detonated in a bazaar near their operating base in Gardez district, Paktia, killing SSG Reeves and Marine Sgt. Nicholas Aleman.
Jason was born in Lubbock, Texas. His home changed throughout his life due to his fathers 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force. He received an Associated Degree in Applied Science – Intelligence Operations with High Honors. Jason had completed more than half of the required credits toward his Bachelors Degree. He worked in various restaurants until he made the decision that he needed focus in his life. Soon after, he chose a career in the U.S. Army.
Jason loved sky diving, scuba diving and seeing the world. Whenever he was overseas he made sure that he visited local places and learned about what each country had to offer. Jason always had a smile on his face and had a unique ability to find humor in almost anything in life. He loved to make funny remarks and get people to laugh. He was an adventurous little boy who grew into an adventurous man. “He just loved what he did,” said his father, David. “He believed in the military and he enjoyed his job. He had no bad thoughts about it, nor did we. He was doing what he loved. He never knew anybody he didn’t like,” Reeves said. “He was always smiling.”
Two days after he was killed, his sister gave birth to Jason’s first nephew, a young man who will carry his uncle’s memory in his middle name.
SSG Jason Reeves was 32 years old from Odessa, Texas
Original portrait was presented September 4, 2014 at a special event hosted by the Friends of Freedom organization in Phoenix, Arizona