SFC Ethan Carpenter

Sgt. First Class Ethan Carpenter, a reconnaissance specialist assigned to the Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, died during routine military free-fall training at a facility in Arizona, March 15, 2019.

A native of Trumansburg, New York, Carpenter entered the Army, August 31, 2007. He completed One Station Unit Training, Basic Airborne Course, and the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was then assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield as an assistant machine gunner; he then progressed to team leader and squad leader.

Carpenter deployed to combat eight times, once to Iraq and seven to Afghanistan before he was assigned as a reconnaissance specialist with the Regimental Special Troops Battalion, June 5, 2017.

“Sgt. First Class Ethan Carpenter was an exemplary Soldier and Ranger Leader, and a dedicated husband and father. He did the toughest jobs well and was the consummate team member when it counted the most, both in garrison training and in deployed combat. He represented our Nation’s best, and we’ll miss him dearly,” said Colonel Joseph Ewers, commander, Regimental Special Troops Battalion.

Carpenter’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal with OLC, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Ranger Tab, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutists Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

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SGT Cameron Meddock

Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas, died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire on Jan. 12, 2019, in Badghis Province, Afghanistan while serving with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

“Sergeant Cameron Meddock is one of America’s precious Sons. The entire Nation should strive to emulate the Warrior, Patriot and Husband that Cameron was. The 75th Ranger Regiment will forever honor Sergeant Cameron Meddock and his family will forever be a member of our Ranger family,” said Colonel Brandon Tegtmeier, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Meddock enlisted in the U.S. Army November 14, 2014. He completed One Station Unit Training as an Infantryman, the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Lieutenant Colonel Rob McChrystal, Commander of 2nd Ranger Battalion further stated that “Sergeant Cameron Meddock was a phenomenal Ranger, and his selfless service represents the very best of our great Nation. He will be missed dearly and the 2nd Ranger Battalion offers its sincerest condolences to his family.”

Following successful completion of Ranger Assessment and Selection Program Level 1, Meddock was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as a machine gunner, automatic rifleman, gun team leader and most recently as a fire team leader.

His military education includes the U.S. Army Ranger Course, Basic Airborne Course, Basic Leader Course, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course.

Meddock’s awards include a Purple Heart, a Joint-Service Commendation for Combat, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal. He was on his second deployment in support of Operation Resolute Support.

Meddock’s decorations include the Ranger Tab, Parachutists Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge for a Rifle.

 

SGT Leandro Jasso

Sgt. Leandro Jasso, 25, was born June 19, 1993 in Washington and was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

He was killed November 24, in Nimroz province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

He was immediately treated and medically evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility, where he died of his wounds.

A native of Leavenworth, Washington, Sgt. Jasso enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2012. He completed One Station Unit Training as an Infantryman and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Following initial training, he successfully completed Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1 and was assigned to 2nd Ranger Battalion, where he served as an Assistant Machine Gunner, Automatic Rifleman and Grenadier.

Sgt. Jasso’s military education includes the Basic Leader Course and U.S. Army Ranger Course. His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge.

Sgt. Jasso deployed twice before in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

At the time of his death, Sgt. Jasso was serving as a team leader on his third deployment to Afghanistan.

1LT Connor Bednarzyk

FORT BENNING, GA — A U.S. Army Ranger assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA, was killed in a single tactical vehicle accident on 07 September 2018.

1LT Connor Bednarzyk, 25, was an Infantry Officer assigned as the Platoon Leader of the Distribution Platoon, Echo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Bednarzyk was born on 16 October 1992 in Virginia, and served three years in the Army, first as a Platoon Leader in 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO, and most recently as a Platoon Leader in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

“First Lieutenant Connor Bednarzyk was an amazing Ranger, leader, and friend.” said Lieutenant Colonel Michael Klopper, Commander 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “He was known throughout the Battalion for his caring and positive attitude. He will be missed by all.”

Bednarzyk completed Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning, GA in 2015 before transferring to 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment in April 2016.

His military education includes the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, Basic Airborne School, U.S. Air Assault School, the U.S. Army Ranger School, and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 2 Course.

His awards and decorations include the coveted Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, the Army Parachutist Badge, and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge. He has also been awarded the Army Achievement Medal w/ 1 Oak Leaf Custer, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.

Bednarzyk is survived by his parents and his siblings.

SFC Christopher Celiz

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher A. Celiz, 32, was killed on July 12, 2018 while conducting combat operations in Paktiya province, Afghanistan. Celiz was wounded by enemy small arms fire; he was treated immediately and medically evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility where he died of his wounds.

He was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

A native of Summerville, South Carolina, Celiz was born January 12, 1986 in South Carolina, enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2007. He completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training as a combat engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

His first assignment was with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Calvary Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas as a combat engineer and team leader. Following this assignment, Celiz was transferred to Company C, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, also at Fort Hood, as a team leader.

A follow-on assignment was with the 530th Engineer Clearance Company, 92nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where he served as a Sapper squad leader and platoon sergeant.

In 2013, Celiz was selected to serve with the 75th Ranger Regiment as a combat engineer. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia where he served as the battalion master breacher and engineer. In March 2017, he was assigned to Company D where he served as the mortar platoon sergeant.

At the time of his death, Celiz was serving as the battalion mortar platoon sergeant and was in the process of reclassifying to the Infantry branch.

Celiz deployed from 2008 to 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and from 2011 to 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was on his fifth deployment with 1st Bn., 75th Rgr. Rgt., when he was killed.

Celiz’s military education includes the Infantry Mortar Leader Course, Senior, Advanced and Basic Leader Courses, Jumpmaster Course, Sapper Leader Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 2, Basic Airborne Course, U.S. Army Ranger Course, Route Reconnaissance Clearance Course-Sapper and the Combat Lifesaver Course.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Sapper Tab, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert-Rifle.

Celiz has also been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, two Meritorious Unit Citation Medals, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, two Iraq Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal. He is posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart.

As a Ranger, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier direction action raid force and fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation.

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SPC Devin James Kuhn

Spc. Devin James Kuhn of Philadelphia, Penn., died January 31, 2018 after sustaining wounds while conducting training at Camp Rilea, Oregon.

Kuhn was born Jan. 28, 1994, and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School in 2013. After enlisting in the U.S. Army in April 2015 and attending One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he graduated from the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1, and the U.S. Army Ranger Course.

He was assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington in December 2015 where he served as an automatic rifleman, deploying once in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

During his deployment, Kuhn earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge after participating in numerous special operations raids against multiple terrorist networks.
Kuhn also participated in multiple home station training events to include live fire training exercises and mountain warfare training among others.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

His Battalion Commander, Col. Ken Burgess, said of him, “Devin loved God, his wife, his family, and he loved being a Ranger. He was taken from us too early in a tragic accident, but we endeavor to honor his life and service to this nation.”

Kuhn was a devout Roman Catholic and is survived by his wife Brittany, his parents James and Lynn Kuhn and his sister Sara Kuhn, all of Philadelphia.