Soldier killed in crash identified

By U.S. ArmyOctober 29, 2017

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob M. Sims
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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Oct. 29, 2017) -- Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob M. Sims, 36, of Juneau, Alaska, died Oct. 27 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained when he was involved in a helicopter crash. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinal.

The incident is under investigation.

Sims was born in the state of Oklahoma on August 13, 1981.

He enlisted in the United States Army on August 12, 1999. After completing basic training and advanced individual training, Sims was assigned to Fort Bragg,North Carolina as a Combat Engineer. After successful selection and completion of Warrant Officer Flight Training, Sims was assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot.

Sims volunteered to serve in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and graduated Officer Green Platoon in April of 2014. He was assigned to Alpha Company 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He served as a Fully Mission Qualified MH-47G Pilot-in-Command and Company Aviation Safety Officer.

Sims was a veteran of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN in Kosovo, numerous tours in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq, and Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, FREEDOM'S SENTINEL, and RESOLUTE SUPPORT MISSION in Afghanistan.

His military education includes the Basic Training Course, Advanced Individual Training Course, Basic Airborne Course, Basic Leader's Course, Air Assault Course, Jump Master Course, Advanced Leader's Course, Warrant Officer Flight Training, UH-60 Qualification Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (High Risk) Course, CH-47D Qualification Course, Officer Green Platoon, Combatives Level 1 Training Course, MH-47G Qualification Course, Aviation Safety Officer Course, and the Aviation Warrant Officer Advanced Course.

Sims' awards and decorations include the Air Medal (with Combat Device), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Unit Citation (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters) Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze CampaignStar), Iraqi Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze CampaignStars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (3rd Award), Air Assault Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Sapper Tab, Basic Aviator Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.

"On behalf of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the family of CW2 Jacob Sims. Jacob lived by a creed that few understand and even fewer embody. He will not be forgotten and his legacy will endure through his family, friends, and fellow Nightstalkers. You have our unwavering support, and always have a welcome place among the Night Stalker family," Colonel Philip Ryan, Commander, 160th SOAR (A).

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