Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Kenneth Stepp salutes Virginia Soldier and Oklahoma Soldier, both killed in Afghanistan!
"Capt. Jesse A. Ozbat, 28, of, Prince George County, Va. was killed Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit. "Capt. Jesse A. Ozbat, 28, of, Prince George County, Va. was killed Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit. 1 "SPECIAL REPORT: Virginia's War DeadBy: Mark Bowes | Richmond Times-Dispatch "Published: May 23, 2012 Updated: May 23, 2012 - 12:00 AM "Post a Comment "PRINCE GEORGE, Va. -- "A Prince George County soldier killed over the weekend in Afghanistan was a 2006 graduate of Virginia State University, where he received an officer's commission through the Army Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program. "Capt. Jesse A. Ozbat, 28, died Sunday in Tarin Kowt of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his unit, the Department of Defense said in a news release. He had been in Afghanistan for about a month. Also killed was 2nd Lt. Tobias C. Alexander, 30, of Lawton, Okla. "Both men were stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. Ozbat was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Battery, 214th Fires Brigade, while Alexander was assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery, 214th Fires Brigade, said Keith Pannell, a Fort Sill public affairs officer. "Although Ozbat was from Prince George, he was living with his wife in Elgin, Okla. — about 6 miles northeast of the army base — before his deployment to Afghanistan, Pannell said. It was his second deployment. He had earlier been sent overseas for 15 months in 2009, Pannell said. "In Afghanistan, Ozbat and Alexander were assigned to security force advisory teams responsible for training and mentoring Afghanistan's National Security Forces. Pannell said these units are critical in creating effective Afghan military and police forces and for the transition of responsibility to the Afghan government for the security of the country. "Pannell said Ozbat joined the Army in 2006 after graduating from Virginia State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in math. While at VSU, Ozbat received a military commission through the Trojan Warrior Battalion of the Army Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, a VSU spokesman said. "It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of (Capt.) Jesse Ozbat, Class of 2006, who was killed in action in Afghanistan while serving his country," VSU said in a statement. "We send our prayers and condolences to his family, friends and colleagues."