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1st Lt Robert Joseph Hess

Born: March 25, 1987 at Fort Rucker, Alabama
Died: April 23, 2013 in Pul-i-Alam, Afghanistan

1st Lt. Robert J. Hess of Fairfax, Virginia died at age 26 in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy indirect fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Known best as RJ, he attended Robinson High School where he played football, lacrosse and was the captain of the swim team. He graduated in 2005 and attended Old Dominion University where he also was a member of the university swim team. 1st Lt Hess, a Blackhawk pilot, was commissioned into the Army in November, 2010. After completing pilot training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, he arrived at Fort Drum in November 2012. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2013. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the NATO Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Aviator Badge. He completed the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Blackhawk Aviator Qualification Course, the Blackhawk M-Model Aviator Qualification Course, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course.  Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 9874

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