Sgt. JaBraun S. Knox
Born: July 13, 1988 in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Died: May 18, 2012 in Asadabad, Afghanistan
Sgt. JaBraun S. Knox, 23, of Fort Wayne, Ind., died May 18, in Asadabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. JaBraun entered the Army in January 2009 at Indianapolis, Indiana. He reported to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for initial Army training and then reported to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for Advanced Individual Training in Military Occupational Specialty 13B (Cannon Crew Member). Upon completion of AIT Sgt. Knox reported to Joint Base Lewis-McChord on June 17, 2009, where he was assigned to the 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade. He deployed with 1/377 FA Regt. in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2009 through May 2010. The unit deployed to Afghanistan in October 2011. This was his first deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His civilian and military education includes high school diploma (2007), Military Occupational Specialty 13B: Fire Support Specialist (2009), and Warrior Leader Course (2010). His awards and decorations include Army Achievement medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (two awards), Marksmanship Qualification Badge – Expert with Field Artillery. He had recently returned to Afghanistan after a 15-day leave home with his family. Knox arrived home April 19 to surprise his wife, Courtney, and their infant son, Braylon. He had been stationed in Afghanistan with the First Battalion 377 Field Artillery Regiment, whose soldiers provide supporting fire for outlying posts and infantry movements.
Burial is at Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
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