PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Army Special Operations Ranger killed in combat

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- U.S. Army Ranger, Sgt. Leandro Jasso, died Nov. 24, of wounds sustained during combat operations in Nimroz Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Sgt. Leandro Jasso, 25, a native of Leavenworth, Washington was born June 19, 1993. He served as a team leader assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

"Sgt. Jasso was a humble professional who placed the mission first, lived the Ranger Creed and will be deeply missed," said Lt. Col. Rob McChrystal, commander, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2012. He completed Basic Combat Training, One Station Unit Training as an infantryman and Basic Airborne Course, Fort Benning, Georgia. Following initial training, he successfully completed the Ranger Assessment and Selection Training Program, Level 1 and was assigned to 2nd Ranger Battalion, where he served as an assistant machine gunner, automatic rifleman and grenadier.

His military education includes the Basic Leader Course and U.S. Army Ranger Course.

Sgt. Jasso deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Transition I and II Campaign Phases and was on his third deployment to Afghanistan.

His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge and Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge.