News: 'Bobcat' soldiers say goodbye to fallen comrade
WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan – In life the worst thought most people come across is the loss of a friend or family member, but in the military losing anyone is the loss of both.
Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, also known as the “Bobcat’ Battalion, faced this disheartening task as they lost a brother and a comrade in Spc. Kedith L. Jacobs. He was a multichannel transmissions system operator and maintainer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company.
“Spc. Jacobs dedication to his section and their well-being set a standard for communication operations matched by few others in his specialty,” said 1st Lt. Jeremy Purcell, the assistant operations officer. “His eagerness and willingness to continually perform whatever tasks were put in front of him were exemplary of his relentless dedication to whom he provided service.”
“All that were blessed to have known Jacobs will undoubtedly feel the void created by the passing of such a great man,” said Purcell. “He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.”
The loss of a soldier is felt throughout the ranks, especially at the highest level of battalion leadership.
“Spc. Jacobs had earned the admiration and confidence of his leaders,” said Lt. Col. Robert Horney, the 2-5 IN commanding officer. “He was technically savvy and a quick learner; he was a soldier that the communications section could send to any combat outpost without any supervision to upgrade or repair any critical communication equipment.”
“Additionally, he was known for his positive and caring attitude, not just with the communications section, but across his company and the battalion,” said Horney. “Serving the communications section this man provided valuable support to all of the companies as well as to the battalion, he was proud of his profession, and extremely proficient at his assigned duties.”
“Spc. Kedith Jacobs gave his life for this country and for us,” said Capt. John Sheridan, the Headquarters and Headquarters commanding officer. “The debt that we owe him cannot and will not ever be repaid, all we can do is honor his sacrifice and remember the legacy he left behind.”
“Kedith focused on working on the network computers and communication issues on Combat Outpost Sultan Kheyl, yet he was always willing to put that aside to help a fellow soldier, whether it was fixing a computer or just being an ear to talk to,” said Sheridan. “Independent drive, quiet humor distinguished him as a competent and capable soldier.”
“His talents with computers and networks was such that the need for them extended beyong the walls of COP Sultan Kheyl,” said Sheridan. “Kedith it was an honor to serve beside you, I know you’ll be watching over the men of the communication, counter-IED, and Headquarters Company and I know they will continue to honor you through their service to our country and to each other.”
Spc. Kedith Jacobs awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart , the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
His wife Phyllis and his daughter, Alora Jacobs, survive him.
Date Posted:06.18.2012 01:52
Location:WARDAK PROVINCE, AF
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