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Jesse L Thomas Jr

Pensacola, Florida

June 10, 2013

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
31 Army SSG

39th Transportation Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command

Kleber Kaserne, Germany

 Died  in Helmand, Afghanistan.

I Salute You; Army Staff Sergeant Jesse L. Thomas Jr.
Joe SteckAugust 28, 2013, 12:10 am
Mankato Times

Staff Sergeant Jesse L. Thomas Jr. 31, of Pensacola, Florida died June 10, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of unspecified causes.
Staff Sergeant Jesse L. Thomas Jr. was assigned to 39th Transportation Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Kleber Kaserne, Germany and was serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Thomas, a human resources specialist, was described by his company commander as a great mentor, dedicated non-commissioned officer and professional.
“His dedication to duty will never be forgotten,” said Capt. David Cook, commander of the 66th Transportation Company. “Not only did he take care of Soldiers, but he took care of the command team. I will always think of him as a true non-commissioned officer who did his best to take care of everyone.”
Staff Sgt. Justin Mincey said Thomas, his roommate, was a very approachable leader.
“He always took the time to talk to Soldiers,” said Mincey. “Staff Sgt. Thomas will be missed by everyone and will not be forgotten.”
Sgt. 1st Class James Wade added that Thomas, his friend of four years, lived by the Army’s values.
“The Army Value that Staff Sgt. Thomas believed in the most was respect,” said Wade. “He embodied the principle of respect. I will truly miss his mentorship.”
“Staff Sgt. Thomas was well loved and he has done so many great things on Earth. I’m sure he’ll do much more in Heaven. All the memories I have of him will forever be cherished.
“He has his roots here in Pensacola so not only is he a fellow native of the city, but he’s also one of my fellow brothers that has fallen in Afghanistan and I’m just here mainly to support him,” said Julie Waldrop.
Waldrop is a specialist with the 498th transportation company out of Mobile.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Michelle also an active duty member; his son, Justin; his stepdaughter, Jamie and his stepson, Jordan and his Mother Irma Oliver.
Staff Sergeant Jesse L. Thomas Jr., I Salute You.
From DVIDS dvidshub.net 

Fallen soldier remembered as caring, dedicated to duty
3rd Sustainment Brigade
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Tanya Green

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan—Soldiers gathered at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, to pay their respects and honor a fallen comrade during a memorial ceremony, June 15.

Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Thomas Jr., 31, of Pensacola, Fla., died June 10 in Helmand, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 66th Transportation Company, 39th Transportation Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Kleber Kaserne, Germany. 

While deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 66th Transportation Company supports the 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion-Task Force Pyramid.

Thomas, a human resources specialist, was described by his company commander as a great mentor, dedicated noncommissioned officer and professional. 

“His dedication to duty will never be forgotten,” said Capt. David Cook, commander of the 66th Transportation Company. “Not only did he take care of Soldiers, but he took care of the command team. I will always think of him as a true noncommissioned officer who did his best to take care of everyone.”

Staff Sgt. Justin Mincey agreed, and said Thomas, his roommate, was a very approachable leader. 

“He always took the time to talk to Soldiers,” said Mincey. “Staff Sgt. Thomas will be missed by everyone and will not be forgotten.”

Sgt. 1st Class James Wade added that Thomas, his friend of four years, lived by the Army’s values. 

“The Army Value that Staff Sgt. Thomas believed in the most was respect,” said Wade. “He embodied the principle of respect. I will truly miss his mentorship.

“Staff Sgt. Thomas was well loved and he has done so many great things on Earth. I’m sure he’ll do much more in Heaven. All the memories I have of him will forever be cherished. 

Thomas is survived by his wife, Michelle; his son, Justin; his stepdaughter, Jamie and his stepson, Jordan. 

“Even though he is gone, he will be in our hearts forever—as our brother,” said Cook.

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