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Jeremy Alan Chandler

Clarksville, Tennessee

August 11, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
30 Army Capt

1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Died in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, while he was conducting training operations at Forward Operating Base Ripley.

DATE POSTED: AUGUST 15, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: Special Forces officer dies in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Special Operations Command

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Aug. 15, 2005) An Army Special Forces Soldier died Aug. 11 in the Afghan province of Uruzgan, north of Kandahar while conducting pre-mission training for pending combat operations.

Capt. Jeremy A. Chandler, a Special Forces officer, assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) based here, died in Tarin Khowt, Afghanistan, from non-battle related injuries, while he was conducting training operations. The accident is under investigation.

Chandler, 30, deployed to Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism. This was his third deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

A resident of Clarksville, Tenn., Chandler was commissioned in the Army immediately following graduation from North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Ga., in 1997. He majored in history.

He graduated from basic airborne and infantry officer training at Fort Benning, Ga., in 1998 and was assigned as an infantry officer with the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky. He deployed with the battalion to Kosovo in 2000 supporting Operation Joint Guardian.

In 2001, Chandler volunteered for Special Forces, he was selected and later graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course. Upon completion of Arabic language training in 2003, he was assigned to 3rd SFG here. He earned his military free fall jumpmaster qualification in 2004. Military free fall is an advanced special operations skill.

Chandler's awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal for valor, three Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Master Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab and Ranger Tab.

His wife Wendy, Raeford, N.C., and his parents, Alan and Jonnie Chandler of Richmond Hill, Ga, survive Chandler.

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