(Additional information provided by the Arnette Family)
Army Staff Sgt. Jason R. Arnette, 24, died from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near the vehicle in which he was riding Saturday (March 31).
Sgt. Arnette, a 2001 graduate of Amelia County High School and an Air Force- JROTC cadet, was the son of the late William Russell Arnette Jr. (who died a year and one day prior to his son) and Michelle Arnette, of Amelia. Friends and family say he was proud to be in the U.S. Army Infantry.
Sgt. Arnette was an infantryman. After completing boot camp at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2002, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, at Camp Greaves, South Korea. In November 2003, he was reassigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, also known as the "Golden Dragon" battalion. He was in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Sgt. Arnette served three tours in Iraq: from December 2003 to March 2004, from January to June 2005 and from August 2006 until his death. His last tour was scheduled to end in August 2007.
He will receive a posthumous Purple Heart for the incident that took his life. His other awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Combat Infantryman Badge. His military education included an EMT/paramedic refresher course, warrior leader course, Combat Lifesaver course and Dragon Anti-tank Missile Trainer course.
Sgt. Arnette is survived by his mother, Michelle; his wife, Shenandoah Skye; two sisters, Tonya and Shelby-Grace Arnette; one niece, Chloe Donovan; and one nephew, Jake Donovan.