Jeffrey R Mckinney

Jeffrey R Mckinney

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U.S. Army
ADHAMIYAH, IRAQ 07/11/2007

Captain Jesse Greaves recalls walking into Jeffrey R. McKinney’s room in Iraq and finding it sweltering hot.

I said to him, ‘You know, that air conditioner in the window works,’ Greaves told McKinney. First sergeant said, ‘Sir, there are soldiers in this building with no AC. Mine stays off till theirs comes on.’ I went back to my room and turned mine off after that.

McKinney, 40, of Garland, Texas, died July 11 of a gunshot wound in Adhamiyah during a non-combat related incident. A 19-year-veteran, he was assigned to Schweinfurt, Germany.

1st Sgt. Kevin Floyd called McKinney a kind-hearted human being.

One day, three weeks before McKinney’s death, Greaves noticed him on his knees scrubbing blood off a patch of concrete. One of McKinney’s soldiers had just been struck by a roadside bomb in Kadhimiya, a northern neighborhood of Baghdad.

When I asked him what he was doing, his answer was simple, Greaves recounted. He said, ‘I’m not leaving any part of him here. He deserves better than that.’

He is survived by a wife and two sons.

An unedited letter sent to Jeff McKinney’s father, Charles, in September 2009:

I should probably start off by telling you how I came to know your son. I was a brand new private assigned to his LRS team in Darmstadt, Germany back in 1998. I was 22 at the time a newlywed, and very motivated to be in a LRS unit. As any new soldier in the military can tell you, there is always one person you meet early in your career who in every way, shape and form sets the stage for most, if not all of your standards. Jeff McKinney was absolutely this person to me, as well as every other member of our LRS team.

When I met Jeff he was a Staff Sergeant and the Team Leader of our LRS team, numbered 3-6. As a lowly private an E-6 can be intimidating to some, or just a pain in the rear to work for in general. Jeff was different, he had a certain way of doing things that made you want to try your hardest and give 120% all of the time. Don’t get me wrong, if you messed up he was quick to point it out, and then show you how to fix it, and make you do numerous pushups or other creative exercises which kept us in great shape! He was a teacher, a mentor and a friend, all combined into one person you were proud to work for, respected tremendously, and would follow anywhere on this Earth.

To me that is what being an NCO was all about and I tried to emulate that when I became one. I will never forget something Jeff told us all one time, and that is “A standard is a standard, is a standard.” He was telling us this in reference to the rules and how they applied to everyone, not just lower enlisted guys, but NCO’s and Officers especially. I served 4 years proudly as an Infantryman and am going on 6 years as an aviator, and to this day I hold Jeff McKinney as the model of what an NCO should be. Not many compare, and even fewer come close.

Jeffrey’s portrait is also located on Poster 6


5 Responses to “Jeffrey R Mckinney”
  1. Derrick Stinnett says:

    I had to file for a Compassionate reassignment due to birth complications of my first son. Then SFC McKinney was my PLT SGT and he stuck his neck out and pushed as hard as he could to get it done. I took many lessons from him that helped shape me as an NCO. That selflessness to get me home I never ever forgot. I learned of his death while I was on deployment and it hit me hard. He was a very good man and the Army lost a great leader! RIP 1SG McKinney till we meet again.

  2. Wow. i am just now running across this. Jeff was my best man when I got married in Berlin on august 8th, 1989. We were in Scout Platoon back in those days. I have tried to find him for years. He was a really good friend and brother to me.

  3. Rick says:

    He was my brother, friend and squad leader. My condolences to his family. He is a great friend and many in the BBDE, 6BN and the Scout platoon will miss him! RIP

  4. Steve Wagner says:

    Jeff was my squad leader in Berlin CSC 6/502. One of the great times I had with Jeff was going through the East Germany Corridor. Jeff would act like he was asleep while driving. He would keep the opposite eye open and slow way down to see who would notice. Someone was always asleep. Then he would act like he was screaming and scare the crap out of them. It was awesome.
    Jeff you will be missed but not forgotten. SCOUTS OUT !!!!!!!


    First off, continue to Rest easy 1SG Jeffrey McKinley & condolences to your family & friends. I didn’t know you but I was on that mission with you when that happened. Out of respect for your family & loved ones I won’t discuss the full details. I remember the call on the radio and us shifting the mission to getting back to your base/cop.I knew you had to be well respected and loved due to the impact it had on the unit. From one Veteran to another Rest well Brother and Scouts Out!

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