Fort Bliss Soldier identified as latest casualty
1st Armored Division and Garrison Public Affairs:
A Fort Bliss Soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom died April 26 in Bethesda, Md.
Spc. Jason K. Edens died of wounds sustained April 15 in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, when the enemy attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
Edens, 22, of Franklin, Tenn., was an infantryman who entered the Army from Nashville, Tenn., in January 2009. He was previously stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. Eden’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Expert with Rifle.
He is survived by his wife.
“Team Bliss and the 1st Armored Division deeply mourns the loss of an outstanding Soldier; we are keeping Specialist Jason Eden’s wife, family, friends and fellow Soldiers in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He was a fighter and gave his life on behalf of our nation,” said Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard, 1st AD and Fort Bliss commanding general.
A memorial ceremony in honor of this fallen Soldier will be coordinated and announced at a later date.
Soldiers from the 3rd BCT deployed to Southwest Asia in September and October 2011 to provide stability and security operations.
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