Williams, Jesse

Williams, Jesse Lee

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: HHT, Regimental Support Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment

Duty station: Vilseck, Germany

MOS: 17E – Electronic Warfare Specialist

Awards: Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Afghanistan NATO Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award,

Badges: Air Assault Badge

Deployments: 1 in Iraq, 2 in Afghanistan

Enlisted: 2006

Date of birth: 21 August 1983

Hometown: Elkhart, Indiana

High School: Elkhart Central High School

Married: Stefanie Williams

Children: daughter, Madison L. Williams and stepdaughter Alexia Sigma

Campaign: Afghanistan

Died: 17 December 2013

Age at death: 30

Cause of death: Accident – Blackhawk crash

Location of fatality: Now Bahar, Afghanistan

Place of interment: Rice Cemetery in Elkhart, Indiana

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Notes: Jesse attended Elkhart Central High School and in 2006 completed the U.S. Army basic training course at Fort Jackson, S.C., while attached to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry.  Staff Sgt. Williams’ first assignment was in Illesheim, Germany, with D CO, 412th ASB from January 2007 to February 2009. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and worked in the electronics warfare shop at the divisional level from January 2009 to January 2012. During this time he attended and graduated from Air Assault School. Staff Sgt. Williams was deployed three times, once to Iraq with the 412th ASB from 2007 to 2008, once to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne from 2010 to 2011, and once with the 2d Cavalry Regiment starting in July 2013.