Captain Jason B. Jones
Hometown: Pottsville, PA.
Died: June 2, 2014.
Unit: Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.,
Jason spent his childhood in Orwigsburg, PA with his parents, Suzy and Jay Jones, and sister, Lizzy. Jason graduated from West Point Military Academy sixth in his class in 2007 with a degree in nuclear engineering. He was an exchange student for a semester at the Naval Academy and captain of his Sandhurst Military Skills Team.
Jason branched infantry at graduation and was assigned to Ft. Bragg, NC. He completed the Army Infantry Officer Basic Course , Army Ranger School and Army Airborne School with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his performance during deployment to Iraq in 2008-2009. As a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, Jason earned the Iron Panther Award. He graduated from Army Jumpmaster School in 2010. He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in May 2013 and was assigned Team Leader of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Group Special Forces Team at Fort Bragg, NC.
In his personal life, Jason married Amy Hope (Weniger) Jones at West Point on June 15, 2013. They resided in Chapel Hill, NC with their rescue dog, Molly. Jason was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He enjoyed sports and was a huge fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. Jason was optimistic, fun-loving, compassionate and genuine. Jason is survived by his parents, Jay and Suzy Jones, his sister and brother- in- law, Drs. Elizabeth and Alex Gambogi, his wife, Dr. Amy Jones, his dog Molly, family members, and many friends. We admire him greatly for his tremendous courage, humility, and dedication to our country. Jason is forever loved and dearly missed.
Jason’s awards include: Bronze Star Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Special Forces Tab, and Purple Heart.
Jason was KIA in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small-arms fire.
“Always Remember, Never Surrender”
West Point Class of 2007