By USASOC Public AffairsApril 2, 2018
Fort Bragg, N.C., - Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar, assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was killed in action March 30, while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Dunbar died from wounds received during combat operations near Manbij, Syria.
He was born July 15, 1981, in International Falls, Minnesota, and graduated in 1999 from John B. Connally High School, Austin, Texas.
Dunbar first entered the United States Army as an infantryman in May 2005, completing his initial entry training at Fort Benning, Georgia. His first assignment was with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a machine gunner, fire team leader, and squad leader. During his tenure, he deployed once to Afghanistan and once to Iraq in support of combat operations. In November 2009, he transitioned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 38th Cavalry Regiment (Long Range Surveillance), Fort Hood, Texas, where he served for four years as a squad leader. During his time in Fort Hood, he deployed to Iraq once again in support of combat operations.
In 2013, Master Sgt. Dunbar was assigned to Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command, where he served as a team member and deployed three times in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dunbar's military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Basic Leader Course, Ranger School, Advanced Leaders Course, Pathfinder Course, Static Line Jumpmaster Course, Advanced Land Navigation Course, Senior Leaders Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, the Military Free Fall and Jumpmaster Course, and the Special Forces Sniper Course.
Master Sgt. Dunbar's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), the Good Conduct Medal (4 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), the NATO Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.