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Age:   21
Hometown: Dunnellon, FL
Date of Death: 10/14/2007
Incident Location: Tal Afar, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Bliss, Texas

A friend of Jason B. Koutroubas' said some of his e-mails provided a glimpse of what life was like in a war zone. "He was glad he had the night shift because it was cooler and darker then, and he felt safer," said Michael McClain Jr., a friend. "He said there were a lot of sandstorms too, and he missed trees." Koutroubas, 21, of Dunnellon, Fla., died Oct. 14 in Tal Afar of injuries from a non-combat incident. He was a 2005 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Bliss. Master Sgt. Allen Burlison, an instructor with the Air Force JROTC program at Dunnellon High, remembered Koutroubas joining in 2004 during his senior year. "He was a good cadet, did everything we asked him to do, and if he had been with us longer, I'm sure he would have been in a leadership role," Burlison said. "He always made sure our uniform was right," said Alicia Rome. He was looking forward to going to college and loved heavy metal, particularly Korn. "He was always a soldier, always fighting for something and he always wanted to go into the military," McClain said. He is survived by a widow and infant daughter.
Source: Associated Press
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