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August 12, 2007


SFC Jeffrey D. Kettle


Texas City, Texas


August 26, 1975


August 12, 2007

Entered Service:

September 1993


He spent one tour of duty in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in 2003 and had recently begun his second tour of duty in Afghanistan with A Co, 2/7 th SFG(A) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).


1 st Bn., 503 rd Airborne Infantry at Caserma Ederle, Italy,
3rd Bn., 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
A company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).


Kettle’s military education include; the Basic Airborne Course, the Air Assault Course, the Ranger Course, the Warrior Leaders Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer’s Course, the Combat Lifesaver Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, the Parachutist Jumpmasters Course and the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer’s Course.

Awards & Decorations:

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger and Special Forces Tabs.

Survived By:

Wife, Brandi; Sons, Donovan & Logan; Mom & Dad, Cindy & Ronnie; Brothers, Clay & Ryan

Honoree Bio:

"A Texas native, Sergeant First Class Jeffrey D. Kettle died on 12 August 2007 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Kettle enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman in 1993 and completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. After serving in a variety of units including the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2006.

SFC Kettle was assigned as an Engineer Sergeant to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, when he sustained fatal wounds from an improvised explosive device that detonated near his vehicle."

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