BURNET, TX, US
CPT, CO C, 1ST BN, 3RD SF GROUP (AIRBORNE), FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA
10/30/2004, TSAGAY, AFGHANISTAN
Captain Jason E Holbrook was a humble man from Burnet, Texas, who was raised in a military family. He knew well the courage and sacrifice that came with serving his country. He was a hard worker who loved his country and took the decision to serve as his decision alone. Jason has two nephews who are still deployed in Afghanistan. This was his second deployment.
Jason was accepted in the United States Military Academy where he majored in Environmental Science. Captain Holbrook’s first assignment was as a Rifle Platoon Leader in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 501st (Airborne) at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He served there for three years and deployed with the unit to Iraq between 2006 and 2007.
Following his deployment, he reported to Fort Benning, GA., to attend the Maneuver Captains Career Course and then to Fort Bragg, NC., to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course. Captain Holbrook graduated the course on the 16th of April, 2010 and reported to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group on the 27th of May. Captain Holbrook then deployed to Afghanistan as a Special Forces Operational Detachment – Alpha team leader assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) to support Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2010 as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan.
July 29th started as a usual day in Afghanistan but turned fatal for Captain Jason E Holbrook. As Captain Holbrook and fellow soldier Staff Sergeant Kyle R Warren were on a combat reconnaissance patrol, their vehicle struck a bomb (Improvised Explosive Device). Both Soldiers paid the ultimate price for freedom in Afghanistan.
Captain Holbrook’s military education includes the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Ranger Course, Basic Airborne Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Maneuver Captains Career Course and Special Forces Qualification Course.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab and Special Forces Tab. Holbrook was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, NATO Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.
Jason is deeply missed by his wife, Heather Holbrook of Fayetteville, N.C., his mother and father, Joan and James Holbrook of Burnet, Texas, a multitude of friends, fellow soldiers, and will never be forgotten by the citizens of this grateful country.
Captain Jason E Holbrook will forever be a HERO.