U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 702-10
August 06, 2010
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Master Sergeant Jared N. Van Aalst, 34, of Laconia, New Hampshire, died August 4, 2010, in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while his unit was conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
For more information, media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-432-6005.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Aug. 6, 2010) – A Special Operations Soldier was killed August 4, 2010, during a combat operation in Konduz Province, Afghanistan.
Master Sergeant Jared N. Van Aalst, 34, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
Van Aalst was born in Laconia, New Hampshire, and graduated from Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, N.H., in 1993. Van Aalst enlisted in the U.S. Army as a signal support systems specialist on August 17, 1995.
Airborne and Ranger qualified, he served with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, as a signal support systems specialist, an infantryman, sniper team leader, and platoon sergeant. He also served with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit there.
In July 2007, Van Aalst was assigned as the chief instructor and writer to Comp. C, 2nd Bn., 29th Infantry, at Fort Benning, where he served for one year before being selected in 2008 as a special operations team member, U. S. Army Special Operations Command.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Van Aalst is survived by his wife, Katie Van Aalst of Pinehurst, Nnorth Carolina, daughters Kaylie and Ava; and his parents, Neville and Nancy Van Aalst of Hawthorne, Florida.
MASTER SGT. JARED N. VAN AALST Died August 4, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Master Sergeant Jared Van Aalst was born in Laconia, New Hampshire, on September 1, 1975. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a signal support systems specialist on August 17, 1995.
He graduated in 1993 from Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
After completing Basic Training, the Signal Support Systems Specialist Course, and Basic Airborne School, Van Aalst was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia, for the Ranger Indoctrination Program.
After completion, he was assigned to HHC, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment, also at Fort Benning, where he served as a signal systems specialist.
In the summer of 1997, Van Aalst graduated from Ranger School and returned to 3rd Bn., where he continued his duties for another year before reclassifying into the infantryman military occupational specialty.
In August 1998, Van Aalst attended Sniper School then returned to HHC, 3rd Bn., as a sniper team leader later transitioning to squad leader in August 1999. After serving for two years as a squad leader, he was selected as an instructor and a shooter in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning. He served in that position for two years before returning in September 2003 to HHC, 3rd Bn., as a sniper platoon sergeant.
Shortly thereafter, he deployed on his first combat rotation to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, then to Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq before moving in 2005 to Co. A, 3rd Bn., to serve as a platoon sergeant. As a platoon sergeant, he deployed twice to Iraq in 2005 and again to Afghanistan in 2006.
Van Aalst returned to HHC, 3rd Bn., as the noncommissioned officer in-charge of the Reconnaissance, Sniper and Technical Surveillance Detachment. He deployed to Afghanistan again in 2006, for his fifth combat deployment.
In July 2007, Van Aalst was assigned as the chief instructor and writer to ‘C' Co, 2nd Bn., 29th Infantry, at Fort Benning, where he served for one year before being selected in 2008 as a special operations team member, U. S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger School, Sniper School, Warrior Leader Course, Static Line Jumpmaster, the Combat Lifesaver Course, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Infantry Advanced Leader’s Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Infantry Senior Leader’s Course, Pathfinder Course, the Advanced Land Navigation Course, and the Military Free-Fall Course.
He was posthumously recognized with a second Bronze Star Medal, a third Purple Heart Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
His other awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, seven Army Achievement Medals, five Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Distinguished Pistol Shooting Badge, Distinguished Rifleman Badge, Excellence in Competition (Pistol) Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He also earned five Overseas Service Bars.
Van Aalst is survived by his wife, Katie Van Aalst, daughters Kaylie and Ava all of Pinehurst, North Carolina; and his parents, Neville and Nancy Van Aalst of Hawthorne, Florida.
Sine Pari: Without Equal
VAN AALST, JARED NEVILLE
- MSG US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/01/1975
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/04/2010
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 9259
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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