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Spc. Jesse D. Reed

Posted July 17, 2010 9:00 a.m. EDT

Spc. Jesse D. Reed, 26, of Orefield, Penn., enlisted in the Army in 2008 and was assigned to the 618th Eng. Spt. Co. He served as an engineer equipment operator and MRAP operator during route clearance operations. He served on one deployment to Afghanistan.

“His aggressiveness and intelligence showed what it meant to be an airborne soldier,” said Capt. Steven Holmberg, commander of the 618th Engineer Company. “Spc. Reed could be counted on to succeed when it counted and under the hardest conditions.”

Reed’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Driver Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicles.

Reed died of injuries sustained Wednesday, July 14, 2010, in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device.