News: Natchitoches, La. Soldier continues service to his country
Story by 1st Lt. Meghan E. Keefe
AL BAKIR AIRFIELD, Iraq — Staff Sgt. Jacob Cedars of Natchitoches, La., chose to continue his service to his country for six more years while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oct 18.
Cedars, 36, enlisted into the United States Army in 2001 as a communications specialist. Cedars desired to do more within the combat arms; therefore in 2005, he joined the ranks among the Army's finest and became a combat engineer.
Presently, Cedars is assigned to B Company, 37th Engineer Battalion- Joint Task Force Eagle, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., serving as a squad leader. Currently, Cedars' unit conducts earth moving construction and quality control missions in support of civil capacity improvements in the Salah Al Din and Diyala provinces, Iraq.
"Staff Sergeant Cedars is an awesome Non Commissioned Officer that I believe every Soldier hopes to have as a squad leader," said Capt. Brandon Bowman, commander of B Company 37th Eng. Bn.- JTF Eagle.
Cedars is one of the many fine non-commissioned officers in the Army that bring great experience to his unit. He is serving his second, one year long deployment in support of OIF in addition to one tour to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"He has a leadership style that allows him to get missions accomplished and the personality that makes people gravitate towards him. Recently I had the honor to reenlist Staff Sergeant Cedars for yet another tour in the U.S. Army, and I am glad that Soldiers will continue to have leaders like him," said Bowman.
"Jake," as he is called by his family and friends, is the son of Bobby Cedars and brother of Brian Cedars, both residents of Natchitoches. He is a graduate from Natchitoches Central High School, class of 1991. Jake is also the father of two daughters, Raven, 15, and Kristen, 14, both currently living in the Fort Bragg area, patiently awaiting his return home.