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Summerville, S.C. community reaches out to support local Coast Guard

 

While the government is in shutdown mode, the list of federal agencies operating without pay is long.  Some of those include the FBI, Customs and Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security; Justice, Agriculture, State Departments, Department of the Treasury, as well as the Interior Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and of course, the United States Coast Guard.

So while the President and Democratic members of Congress duke it out at the highest level, private citizens and communities across the U.S. have stepped in to help furloughed workers and those who are still on the job, working without pay.

One such community is Pine Forest in Summerville, South Carolina.  The residents chose to donate to the Low Country Chief Petty Officers Association that operates a food bank and outreach program every day of the year.  But “stores” are low right now as both junior members, and those who have been in the Coast Guard longer, struggle to make ends meet.

The donations of gift cards, online contributions, and  food pantry items, exceeded everyone’s expectations for the week long drive.  The boxes and bags of non-perishable items, baby necessities, and laundry detergents, will free up household funds to help cover rent or mortgage payments.

When a representative of the Chief Petty Officers Association collected the Pine Forest donations today, he remarked that the greater Charleston area had also been very generous.  Earlier today, he was privileged to receive a large check from Charleston attorney, George Sink.  Mr. Sink has also stepped forward to offer assistance to a local Coast Guard family who has had additional issues that go beyond the loss of a payday.

Readers can continue to support the Low Country Chief Petty Officers’ Association via their Facebook page.  The DONATE icon is located in the upper right of the page.

 

Army Ranger from Leavenworth, Washington killed in Afghanistan

Early this morning, the Department of Defense announced the combat death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, from Leavenworth, Washington, died Nov. 24, 2018, in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces in Khash Rod District, Nimruz Province, Afghanistan.

Per Army Times, the Soldier was immediately treated in the field then medically evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility, in Garmsir district, in neighboring Helmand province.  U.S. ARMY Special Operations Command reported that Sgt Jasso succumbed to his wounds in Helmand province. The incident is under investigation by the United States military.

Sgt. Jasso was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.  He was on his third combat deployment to Afghanistan.

Additional information regarding Sgt. Leandro A. Jasso is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at 910-432-3383 or by email at loren.bymer@socom.mil.

Sgt. Jasso’s death is the second combat loss for U.S. troops this month. Maj. Brent R. Taylor, 39, from Ogden, Utah, died Nov. 3, 2018, in Kabul Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire. Maj. Taylor was assigned to Utah Army National Guard Element, Joint Force Headquarters, Draper, Utah.  Maj. Taylor was on his fourth combat tour and leaves behind a wife and seven children

Army Maj. Brent Taylor-Warrior, patriot, father and friend-Forever missed by a grateful nation

The family of Army Maj. Brent Taylor will sit down to Thanksgiving dinner  this afternoon looking squarely at the chair no longer occupied by a husband, a dad, a brother, and a son.   Maj. Taylor, 39, lost his life in the fight in Afghanistan Nov. 3, 2018, while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

According to his family and friends, he died doing what he loved for a country he loved and for Afghanistan, whose people, he apparently loved as well.

Maj. Taylor was gunned down by small arms fire, presumably by one of the Afghan commandos he was training. The investigation into the insider attack is not yet complete.

Maj. Taylor and his wife Jennie are parents to seven children whose ages range from infancy to age 13.

Completely committed to his career as a Soldier, Maj. Taylor, a military intelligence officer, took a yearlong leave-of-absence from his job as mayor of North Ogden, Utah, to go on his fourth combat deployment. He had previously served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the Utah Army National Guard,

A friend, and former mayor of Pleasant View, Utah, Toby Mileski, remembered Maj. Brent Taylor for his love of eating, his penchant for always running late and his good sense of humor:

“We were always laughing — always — and that’s one thing I’m really going to miss.”

“Jennie, kids, your dad was a warrior, a patriot and a super person. I am honored and blessed have been able to call him my best friend.”

Maj. Taylor arrived at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base in Salt Lake City last week; full military and religious services for Maj. Taylor were held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Ogden.

Maj. Brent Taylor will be forever missed by his family and friends and this Grateful Nation.

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