25-year-old Army sergeant from Leavenworth killed in Afghanistan

25-year-old Army sergeant from Leavenworth killed in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense has identified a soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan on Saturday as Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso from Leavenworth.

Sgt. Jasso was 25 years old. He was assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord but was in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province when he was killed while engaging enemy forces on Nov. 24. He was on his third deployment.

According to U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Sgt. Jasso was wounded by “small arms fire” while conducting combat operations. He was immediately treated and medically evacuated to the nearest treatment facility, where he died of his wounds.

“Sgt. Jasso was a humble professional who placed the mission first, lived the Ranger Creed and will be deeply missed,” said Lt. Col. Rob McChrystal, Commander 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2012. He completed Basic Combat Training, One Station Unit Training as an infantryman and Basic Airborne Course in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Sgt. Jasso’s military awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge.

Sgt. Jasso deployed twice before in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Transition I and II Campaign Phases.

The statement released by the Dept. of Defense is below:

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, from Leavenworth, Washington, died Nov. 24, 2018, in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces in Khash Rod District, Nimruz Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

Jasso was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

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