KIA April 1, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York
Army SSG Jason Arnette died April 1, 2007 from wounds sustained March 31st when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Bagdad, Iraq. Also killed was SPC Wilfred Flores, Jr., of Lawton, Oklahoma.
Known by many as outgoing, Jason had many friends and was dedicated to his soccer team and JROTC program in high school. He was constantly forging ahead to achieve his dreams and goals. He often put others first, and spent time in his youth serving his church, even traveling to Guatemala at ages 13 and 16 to help with various building projects.
Since the age of three Jason loved the idea of serving as a Green Beret. After graduating from the Amelia County High School, he started classes at John Tyler Community College before taking a break to join the Army. Over the course of his Army career he served one tour in Korea and was deployed to Iraq three separate times. He was known for his dedication to his duty and love of his country. “My son lived and died doing what he loved,” his mother said.
Jason is survived by his mother, Michelle Arnette-Bryant, his wife, Shenandoah Sky Arnette, two sisters Shelby-Grace and Tonya Arnette, a nephew Jacob Donovan, and a niece Chloe Donovan. He received a Purple Heart posthumously for the incident that took his life. Some of SSG Jason R. Arnette’s other awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He was laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery.
SSG Jason R. Arnette was 24 years old from Amelia, Virginia.
Original portrait was presented April 16, 2011 to his mother and sister, Shelby-Grace, during a special event held and sponsored by the Augusta Military Academy, Fort Defiance, Virginia.