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Tobias C Meister

Jenks, Oklahoma

December 28, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
30 Army 1st Sgt

Army Reserve's 321st Civil Affairs Brigade

San Antonio, Texas

 Killed south of Asadabad, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat patrol operations.

Tobias' Family

Parents - David and Judy Meister
Wife - Alicia Meister
Son - William Corbin Meister
Brother and spouse - Timothy and Angela Meister, son - Dakota Meister
Paternal grandparents - Dorothy and Leroy Meister
Maternal grandparents - June and William Corbin

DATE POSTED: DECEMBER 29, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: Civil Affairs Soldier dies in Afghanistan 

U.S. Army Special Operations Command

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Dec. 29, 2005) — An Army Reserve special operations Soldier died south of Asadabad, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat patrol operations Dec. 28. 

1st Sgt. Tobias C. Meister, 30, a civil affairs noncommissioned officer assigned to the 321st Civil Affairs Brigade, San Antonio, Texas, died while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 321st CAB is a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne).

A resident of Jenks, Okla., Meister entered the Iowa Army National Guard in 1992, two years before graduating from Remsen-Union Community High School, Remsen, Iowa.

He served with the Iowa National Guard as an infantryman until 1998 before his transfer to the U.S. Army Reserve where he became a drill sergeant. He joined USACAPOC (A) in March 2004 and was assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, Broken Arrow, Okla.

Meister arrived at the 321st CA Brigade, San Antonio, Texas, in February 2005, where he accepted the position as first sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company. He deployed shortly thereafter in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the summer of 2005.

His awards included two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, three Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral Three Device, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Expert Infantryman Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, German Marksmanship Badge. Meister also earned the Ralph Haines Jr. Award for his drill sergeant achievements.

His posthumous awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device and 10-year Bronze Hour Glass Device, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Badge. 

Meister’s civilian education included a baccalaureate degree in business administration from the University of Texas. As a civilian, he worked for Horizon Natural Resources, an independent oil and gas company, in Tulsa, Okla.

A former middleweight Golden Gloves champion in Dallas, Texas, Meister also had an undefeated career in kickboxing.

Meister is survived by his wife, Alicia and his son, William of Jenks, Okla. He is also survived by his parents, David and Judy Meister, of Jenks, Okla.

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