In Memory Of
Staff Sergeant Eric T. Lawson
15 SEPTEMBER 1982 – 27 JULY 2013
Staff Sergeant Eric T. Lawson Sr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Stockbridge, Georgia. He enlisted in the United States Army on July 27, 2001. SSG Lawson attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Eustis, Virginia where he received his Military Occupational Specialty training to become a Transportation Cargo Specialist (88H).
SSG Lawson’s previous assignments included: 21st Cargo Transfer Company, Fort Lewis, Washington; 1st Inland Cargo Transportation Company, Kaiserlautern, Germany; 611th Seaport Operations Company, 149th Seaport Operations Company and the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
SSG Lawson served four combat tours: Operation Enduring Freedom 2002-2003; Operation Enduring Freedom 2006-2007; Operation Iraqi Freedom 2009-2010, and most recently Operation Enduring Freedom 2012-2013 where he served as a Mission Commander for the Night-Riders’ Convoy Escort Team and Assistant Truck Master with the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company Operations Team.
During his tenure in the United States Army, SSG Lawson was awarded the following decorations: The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with two knots, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral five, Army Service Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal, and the Drivers/Mechanics Badge, Drivers/Wheeled Vehicle Badge.
SSG Lawson is survived by his wife Rashanna Lawson; son Eric T. Lawson Jr (EJ), and stepdaughter Le’Shanna Wortham; his mother Natalee Edge; his father Timothy Rozell, and siblings: Kelvin Lawson, Victoria Freeman and Ashley
Army Sgt. Eric T. Lawson honored in a dignified transfer July 29
Posted 7/30/2013 Updated 7/30/2013
7/30/2013 - A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, of Stockbridge, Ga., during a dignified transfer July 29, 2013 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Lawson was assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis)
|From Atlanta WSBTV 2 wsbtv.com
Stockbridge soldier killed in Afghanistan
By WSBTV.com web staff
ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News has learned a Stockbridge soldier was killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense announced Monday Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge and Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, of Newport News, Va. were killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire in the Ghazni Province in Afghanistan Saturday.
Lawson and Nouv were assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
The DOD said both soldiers were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom when they died.
|From The Pilot hamptonroads.com
Two fallen Eustis-based soldiers honored at service
By Mike Hixenbaugh
© August 14, 2013
Sgt. Carl Baker answered the phone while on staff duty at Joint Base Eustis two weekends ago and was troubled by the tone of the voice on the other end.
He had heard that tone once before.
"Sergeant Baker," his first sergeant said. "We lost two more."
Baker locked up. He couldn't speak. He thought about the heartache a month earlier when he took a similar call and learned that another soldier from his company, Staff Sgt. Justin Johnson, had been killed while in Afghanistan - a deployment that Baker was supposed to have been on.
And now two more soldiers from the 359th Transportation Company were coming home in flag-draped caskets. Baker hung up the phone before he could even learn the most basic details: Two soldiers he knew well, Spc. Caryn E. Nouv and Sgt. Eric T. Lawson, had been killed during a roadside attack in Ghazni province.
Nouv and Lawson's names echoed through the base chapel Tuesday at the end of a somber memorial service - the second in as many months. In one last roll call for the fallen soldiers, sobs and sniffles replaced the sounds of their voices. Baker, among more than 200 soldiers and family members, wiped tears from his face.
The 24-year-old soldier had deployed with the close-knit company - part of the 7th Sustainment Brigade's 10th Transportation Battalion - nearly nine months ago, but he was forced to return to Joint Base Eustis early for reasons he didn't wish to discuss Tuesday.
The 359th has been serving as a convoy escort team - a dangerous job that often takes the soldiers outside the safety of the base.
Baker recalled playing pickup basketball early on in the deployment with Lawson - who was so competitive, he once challenged fellow soldiers to a baking contest when someone claimed to be able to make a better sweet potato pie. He was as motivational as he was competitive, Baker said.
"He just knew the words to say. It was amazing."
Lawson, 30, leaves behind his wife, a son and a stepdaughter.
Nouv, a 29-year-old Yorktown native who graduated from Tabb High School, lived in the barracks next to Baker during the few months he spent on deployment. Baker said the mother of two young children talked often about her family and had a way of lightening the mood.
"She was older than me, but she reminded me of someone younger," Baker said. She giggled often, he said, and it was contagious.
Nouv and Lawson were promoted posthumously to sergeant and staff sergeant, respectfully.
The three deaths mark one of the deadliest stretches for Joint Base Eustis during the past decade of war. The strained unit is expected to return to Newport News in September.
Baker will be waiting to greet them.
"It's very hard to wake up knowing that they are still there and I'm here," he said, acknowledging that it could just as easily have been his photo on display in the chapel, his family members dressed in black, bracing themselves on wooden church pews as they wept. "God had a plan for those two, and he had a plan for me, too. All I can do is make my time worth it here."