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Army Releases More Information on JBLM Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams

Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, the 25-year-old died Monday in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams, 25, of New Carlisle, Ohio, died Dec. 10 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

According to unit records, Staff Sgt. Williams entered the Army in July 2005 and reported to Fort Benning, Ga., for Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training in Military Occupational Specialty 11B (Infantryman). He completed Airborne School in 2005, and received the Special Qualification Identifier of Parachutist. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (SCR), Vilseck, Germany, in March of 2006. He deployed with 2nd SCR as a Radio Telephone Operator from August 2007 until October 2008. In February 2009, Williams was assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He deployed to Iraq as a Rifleman from September 2009 to August 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan as a Squad Leader in November.

Staff Sgt. Williams’ civilian and military education includes a High School diploma (2005), Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman (2005), Airborne School (2005), and the Warrior Leaders Course (2011).

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (Numeral “3”), NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Parachutist Badge.

On behalf of the entire Joint Base Lewis-McChord military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Williams.

-Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Melanie Jeffers December 12, 2012 at 02:14 PM
You will be dearly missed my friend, may God be with you always. Thanks again for what you did for our country.
Hope Bilings December 12, 2012 at 04:11 PM
So very sorry for the family's loss...... praying for the family
Marcelle December 12, 2012 at 06:29 PM
My heart and prayers go our to his family. May God grant you peace knowing that your son made the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom and I will never forget or take it for granted.
Suzy (Gonyon)Ashcraft December 12, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Brent Champaco December 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Thoughts and prayers with the family and friends of JBLM Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams. Thank you for your sacrifices.
Lauren Padgett (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I second that - thank you for your sacrifice, Sgt. Williams.
Lori Gruenberg December 13, 2012 at 01:52 PM
So very sorry, may the peace that passes all understanding wash over this family now and always and the Love of God surround you & uphold you and minister healing to each one of you. Praying
Krista williams December 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Thank you all so much. His daughter and I are so proud and I know baby number two will be also.
Virginia December 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Thank-you for your sacrifice Sgt Williams.....and to your family as well.....I am so very sorry for your loss...may God be with all of you...
Greg Johnston (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Krista, all my thoughts and prayers are with you and your children, so very, very sorry!
Amy December 15, 2012 at 12:09 AM
My heart breaks for the loved ones and commrads of Sgt. Williams. Thank you Sgt. Williams, for your precious sacrifice and giving your last full measure.
Eddy December 16, 2012 at 05:36 PM
You don't know me, but My team was also out in the same area your husband was in. We all attend Wesley's Memorial Ceremony out here in Afghanistan. I didn't know him personally, but i over heard members of my team speaking with him on that day. Very professional soldier and a funny guy. At the memorial is when I learned more about him and everyone that spoke at the memorial had only great things to say. I'm truly sorry for your loss and my team and I will have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Please let your daughter and baby number 2 know that he is a true HERO.
Victor Hirst December 24, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Love and prayers go to yalls family and u will b missed ssg will

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