RUSSELLVILLE, AR, US
SSG, CO A, 2ND BN, 28TH INF REG, 172ND IBCT(SEPARATE), GRAFENWOEHR,
02/16/2012, AFGHANISTAN, AF
Staff Sergeant Reed joined the Army in 2000 after graduating from Russellville High School. He served in Iraq, Germany and Korea before being stationed in Afghanistan. His family explained that Sergeant Reed loved the military and considered it his career.
Colonel Edward T. Bohnemann, Commander
172nd Separate Infantry Brigade released this statement on the 172nd Infantry Brigade, Blackhawk Facebook Page:
It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that the brigade mourns the loss of another member of Task Force Blackhawk. SSG Jerry Reed, an Infantry Team Leader assigned to Alpha Company 2-28, Task Force 3-66, died on February 16th.
Staff Sergeant Reed was a superb non-commissioned officer, always leading from the front and demonstrating the greatest level of care for all his soldiers.
Staff Sergeant Reed was a dedicated Soldier, always striving to be the best that he could be. He often spent hours each day at the gym, ensuring that he and his fellow Soldiers were physically fit and prepared for the rigors of each mission that faced them. He aggressively lead dozens of mounted and dismounted patrols in western Paktika Province, greatly contributing to the success of the TF Blackhawks.
That loss, like that of our previous Fallen Heroes, affects this entire brigade. Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sergeant Reed’s family.