KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- International Security Assistance Force officials have released the name of Staff Sgt. Jesse Lee Williams, a Soldier who died in a helicopter crash, Dec 17. He is survived by his wife, Stefanie Williams, his daughter, Madison L. Williams and stepdaughter Alexia Sigman.
Williams, 30, whose home of record Elkhart, Ind., enlisted into the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson, S.C., in July Feb. 2006. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Williams' awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, and the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon.
His fellow Soldiers describe Williams as a highly motivated Soldier who lived life with great passion and loved his job as an Electronic Warfare Specialist. He had a kind heart and was a good man to his fellow Soldiers. The way he lived was an inspiration that provided many valuable lessons on how to live life to the fullest.
A memorial service will be held for Williams at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan Dec. 21 and at his home station of Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany, on a date yet to be determined.
The 2d Cavalry Regiment would like to send our deepest condolences to his family and we will truly miss our fallen Dragoon and the sacrifice he made for his country.