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  Jeffrey J. Rieck
Name: Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey J. Rieck

Age: 45

From: Columbus, OH

Assigned to 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio National Guard, Walbridge, Ohio

Incident: Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey J. Rieck died April 4, in Faryab province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. Also killed were Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Hannon and Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski.



3 soldiers killed in Afghan bombing identified

Staff and wire reports

Three soldiers killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday were members of the Ohio National Guard, the Defense Department announced Friday.

Killed were:

* Capt. Nicholas J. Rozanski, 36, of Dublin, Ohio.

* Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey J. Rieck, 45, of Columbus, Ohio

* Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Hannon, 44, of Grove City, Ohio

The three guardsmen were killed in the relatively peaceful Faryab province in northern Afghanistan. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, but the bomber&rsquos target was unclear, according to the Associated Press.

They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio National Guard in Walbridge, Ohio. The brigade is based in Columbus but includes soldiers from across Ohio, the Ohio National Guard said.

Wounded were 1st Lt. Christopher Rosebrock of Hicksville, Ohio Spc. Austin Weigle of Bryan, Ohio Cpl. Everett Haworth of Olmsted Township, Ohio and Pfc. Jacob Williams of Somerville, Ohio.

A father of two girls, Rozanski worked for the Defense Logistics Agency at Defense Supply Center Columbus.

Rozanski&rsquos wife told the Columbus Dispatch that a family military history compelled him to join the Guard since 2003. He had deployed to Kosovo in 2004 and to Iraq in 2008.

&ldquoHe did what he needed to do and what he signed up to do,&rdquo she told WCMH-TV. &ldquoI want him to be remembered as a hero and that he was a great leader in the National Guard and he cared about his soldiers,&rdquo she said.

Alex Rozanski, the brother of Nicholas Rozanski, told WBNS-TV in Columbus that his brother &ldquoloved being in the National Guard&rdquo and &ldquoloved being a leader of soldiers.&rdquo

Rozanski said Americans going on with day-to-day lives shouldn&rsquot forget the troops. &ldquoThese just become fading, brief headlines. But no, we are a nation at war, and men are dying on a regular basis over there. And people need to remember that,&rdquo he said.

Hannon&rsquos family said he felt it was a privilege to serve his country and was proud to be a soldier, a job he did nearly 20 years while also working as a lawyer.
Hannon, chief legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs, joined the state veterans agency last year after working for a Columbus law firm. Survivors include wife and their 9-month-old son.

Hannon was a graduate of Capital University law school in Columbus and had been a lawyer for six years.
&ldquoHe was one of the most well-respected guys I ever met,&rdquo said Steve Palmer, a lawyer who worked with Hannon. &ldquoIf somebody in the world needed help, he&rsquod be there. He believed in what he was doing over there.&rdquo

Rieck, the father of a 15-year-old son, had served in the Army and was in Iraq for longer than a year before heading to Afghanistan. He worked full time in the Guard&rsquos Family Readiness office.

Friend Nicole Kraft, an Ohio State University journalism professor, said Rieck was &ldquoone of those people who really believed in what he was doing.&rdquo

&ldquoHe was all about being an American and doing his part,&rdquo she told The Dispatch. &ldquoHe really felt it was a role for which he was &mdash perhaps it&rsquos too strong a word &mdash destined.&rdquo

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday ordered flags at the Capitol and other state facilities in central Ohio to be flown at half-staff on Monday in honor of the guardsmen. The governor also offered his condolences to the soldiers&rsquo families and friends.

The Ohio infantry brigade has six battalions, with four based in Ohio and two in Michigan. It sent 3,600 soldiers to Afghanistan last summer for what was scheduled to be a yearlong deployment.

It was the largest mobilization for the 37th since the Korean War, according to the Guard. The soldiers were sent to help with counter-insurgency operations and work with Afghan security forces.

In 2005, Lima Company, a Columbus-based Marine reserve unit, lost 22 Marines and a Navy Corpsman in Iraq, including nine in one bombing. Fifteen of the 23 were from Ohio.

Another Ohio soldier was killed this week by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Brown, 26, of Columbus, died Tuesday, the Department of Defense said Thursday. Brown was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, after spending nearly year in Iraq.




Died: April 4, 2012


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Paul C. Holter III

Miss you brother


Alex D Gonzalez

Love you and miss you always. Since you been gone it has been hard for everyone. I know you loved what you did, and I want to thank you for our freedom. If I can have you back home and safe living your life man everything would be different. No matter how much money they would offer me I would rather have you alive and home. Money comes and go so it's not worth losing you.


Christopher D Young

hello my name is Jesus Vega I would like to give my condolences to Christopher's family and friends, I served with him in Iraq and slept in the same quarters. I have many fond memories of him. I have never forgotten his sacrifice. I would like to share that the greatest memory I had of Chris is that he would speak highly of his mom and how much she meant to him. Chris was a strong minded person and looked out for other. He was kind and friendly the he made friends with everyone. Chris was truly a great man! I sincerely apologize for not sharing sooner. but would like to express that Chris's memory will never be forgotten! though he is not with us he will always be in spirit! If this message gets to Christopher's mother I she could know she raised a great man and for that I thank you.


Jose E Ulloa

Ricky you are still in your family's hearts.


John Michael Roy Curwin

I'm doing a work assignment for school and think he should be included.


Derek L. Shanfield

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your son - Semper Fi.


Marisol Heredia

Dear Marisol, You are Loved Forever...Jeff


John Charles Jenkins

In hope for your soul to be safe and in peace forever, God hold you in your wings! Amen


Todd Beamer

Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.


Steven Paul Chucknick

peace be with you


Geoffrey Perez

thank you for being in our lives, you i got to see you right before you left and i feel so blessed for tour ultimate sacrifice brother. Rest in paradise


Linda Jones

Praying for peace and serenity. God bless you as you travel this difficult path.


Kristopher J. Gould

Miss you everyday buddy. Look forward to seeing you again, one day.


Kristopher J. Gould

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, Kris. You are missed.


Deora Bodley

rest in peace


James David Parker

I knew James David Parker as "Dave" when he lived in Solon Ohio. We met when I moved into town from out of state. He and his group of friends were a year or two older than me. Dave was a bright beacon of hope and joy to me. I was an unsure young man in a strange place. Dave introduced me to many people and ensured his friends always saved me a seat in the lunchroom. I have fond memories of him and his friends during that time. I doubt so many people would have been as wonderful toward me without Dave's incredible kindness. I've never forgotten his kindness. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.


Tyler O. Griffin

Condolences to the family. Freedom is not free, it cost this man's life. Thank you is not enough. Grieving is not enough for your loss though it is all we have, the Sandoval Family


John A. Hofer

Alicia... he ALWAYS talked about YOU and how much he loved you... I am so sorry HE was IS an amazing friend!!


Michell Lee Robotham

Saying prayers for you and your family today. I remember working with you in Land O' Lakes, WI at the bank and the fun times we shared. Sandy V


Karen Sue Juday

So very sad,l am so sorry. Rest in peace.


Al Kaila T. Floyd

there is not one day that goes by where i don't think about you. Its been 10 years now but i know you are up there looking down on us.One day we will see us again. I miss you my mini usher.


Al Kaila T. Floyd

there is not one day that goes by where i don't think about you. Its been 10 years now but i know you are up there looking down on us.One day we will see us again. I miss you my mini usher.


Clayton L. Adamkavicius

He was a good guy...

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