This morning, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.
Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims, 36, of Juneau, Alaska, was mortally wounded Oct. 27, 2017, when his helicopter crashed in Logar Province. Six other Soldiers were injured in the crash. The Department of Defense did not release details regarding the medical status of the injured Soldiers or the type of helicopter involved in the crash. The incident is under investigation; however the DOD said the crash was not the result of enemy fire.
CWO Sims was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The 160th, otherwise known as Task Force 160 (TF-160), or the ‘Night Stalkers’, are an elite U.S. Army special operations unit who fly helicopters in support of both Special Forces operations and regular forces. The 160th consist of the Army’s best aviators.
Headquarters for the 160th SOAR is Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Chief Warrant Officer Sims was born in Oklahoma and enlisted in the Army in 1999.
Additional information, including marital status, commendations and previous deployments, is available to media sources by contacting the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office, 910-494-1589, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
October has been a deadly month for U.S. troops around the world. October 4, four U.S. Soldiers, three of whom were Special Forces were ambushed in the African country of Niger. Sgt. La David Johnson was attached to the Special Forces team that was attacked that day. The FBI has teamed with the military to investigate the incident.
Spc. Alexander W. Missildine, 20, of Tyler, Texas, died Oct. 1, 2017, in Salah ad-Din Province, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy. That incident remains under investigation as well.