The soldier, from the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
, was killed on patrol in central Helmand yesterday afternoon.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
(EODGRU) 1 recently departed Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., to assume duties as the first Navy EOD brigade to command Joint Task Force (JTF) Troy in Iraq.
The father of 16-month-old daughter Holly was attached to the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
Naval Forces Central Command, Manama, Bahrain; Commander, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
ONE, Coronado, Calif.; Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, San Diego, Calif.; USS Milius (DDG 69); Commander, Fleet Activity Sasebo, Japan; Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan; and USS Thach (FFG 43).
Capt Shepherd, of Lincoln, who served with the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
, was killed on Monday.
Sapper Chris Brown, from Northallerton, was one of 20 soldiers from Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
to run a 100-mile relay from Basra International Airport to Camp Ripper in Northern Kuwait.
Currently assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit 1, I am responsible for the management of a $300 million table of allowance (TOA), 350 pieces of civil engineer support equipment, 50 small boats, 2,800 weapons and night vision devices, and logistical and financial support for 900 sailors who make up Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
"He was blessed with an uncanny ability to bring out the best in others and will be sorely missed by all of us who were privileged to know him." Major Eldon Millar, Officer Commanding the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
, said: "Sapper Jordan Rossi was an exuberant and fun-loving soldier, full of pranks and fun yet also a man of character, courage, strength and loyalty.
These component commands are: 1st Naval Construction Division, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
One and Two, Maritime Expeditionary Security Group One and Two, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Riverine Group One, Expeditionary Training Group, Expeditionary Training Command, Maritime Civil Affairs Group, Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command, Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion, and NECC Detachment Combat Camera Norfolk.
He will report to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
1 in Coronado, Calif.
Captain Daniel Shepherd from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, was serving with the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
when he died on Monday, following an explosion in Nad-e-Ali District in Helmand Province.