Sgt. Jaime Gonzalez

Texas National Guardsman from Austin killed in Afghanistan

Sgt. Jaime Gonzalez died from injuries sustained after a bomb exploded near his convoy.

By Regina Dennis


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

A Texas National Guardsman from Austin was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday when his convoy was struck by a makeshift bomb during security checks in Kabul.

Sgt. Jaime Gonzalez, 40, died from severe injuries sustained in the explosion, according to a news release from the Texas National Guard.

Gonzalez joined the Texas Army National Guard in 2006 as a private first class. He was called to active duty in November 2007 and joined the 436th Chemical Company, based in Laredo. The company then trained at Fort Bragg in North Carolina for two months before being deployed to Afghanistan to provide security for Camp Eggers in Kabul.

He is the fifth combat fatality in the Texas Army National Guard since World War II.

Gonzalez joined the Navy in 1989 and served six years before enlisting in the Navy Reserves. As a guardsman, Gonzalez had been promoted to specialist in 2006. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant posthumously Sunday.

He is survived by his wife, children, brother and parents, the Guard said.; 445-3851

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 5 to Aug. 10, 2008