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This Memorial Page Established by-SFC Rod Brewer
In Honor Of  MSgt Jared N. Van Aalst, OEF, Aug 4, 2010
RELEASE NUMBER: 100806-01
DATE POSTED: AUGUST 06, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Soldier dies during combat operation in Afghanistan

Master Sgt. Jared N. Van Aalst

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Aug. 6, 2010) – A Special Operations Soldier was killed Aug. 4, during a
combat operation in Konduz Province, Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Jared N. Van Aalst, 34, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters
Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Van Aalst was born in Laconia, N.H., and graduated from Plymouth Regional High School in
Plymouth, N.H., in 1993. Van Aalst enlisted in the U.S. Army as a signal support systems
specialist on Aug. 17, 1995.   

Airborne and Ranger qualified, he served with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga.,
as a signal support systems specialist, an infantryman, sniper team leader, and platoon
sergeant.  He also served with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit there.

In July 2007, Van Aalst was assigned as the chief instructor and writer to Comp. C, 2nd Bn.,
29th Infantry, at Fort Benning, where he served for one year before being selected in 2008 as
a special operations team member, U. S. Army Special Operations Command.  

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Defense
Meritorious Service Medal.

Van Aalst is survived by his wife, Katie Van Aalst of Pinehurst, N.C., daughters Kaylie and
Ava; and his parents, Neville and Nancy Van Aalst of Hawthorne, Fla.

Click here for Van Aast's bio.

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MAster Sergeant Van Aast.. You Will Never Be Forgotten..  SFC Rod Aug 7, 2010

March 18, 2011
Michael Rundquist
Stand easy Sir, your job is done. You will NEVER be forgotten. Thank you for your service to
our country.

March 18, 2011
daniel morrissey
Going to be missed brother, you will not be forgotten!!! Rest in Peace

August 16, 2010
Kristie Jo King
MSgt Jared N. Van Aalst
United States Army
KIA 06 August 2010, Afghanistan
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34, of Laconia, N.H., died Aug. 4 in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while his
unit was conducting combat operations.  He was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations
Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.