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08-06-2010, 17:21

Damn it. :(


You truly were at the tip of the spear. I count myself honored to have known you and your friends. You showed me poise and confidence that I could aspire to and I learned alot in the brief time we talked. A soldier's soldier, you set an example for all American's to follow. We are forever indebted to you and your family for your sacrifice. Go rest now, Ranger, we'll take it from here.


MASTER SGT. JARED N. VAN AALST Died August 4, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Master Sgt. Jared Van Aalst was born in Laconia, N.H., on Sept. 1, 1975. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a signal support systems specialist on Aug. 17, 1995.

He graduated in 1993 from Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, N.H.
After completing Basic Training, the Signal Support Systems Specialist Course, and Basic Airborne School, Van Aalst was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga., for the Ranger Indoctrination Program.

After completion, he was assigned to HHC, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment, also at Fort Benning, where he served as a signal systems specialist.
In the summer of 1997, Van Aalst graduated from Ranger School and returned to 3rd Bn., where he continued his duties for another year before reclassifying into the infantryman military occupational specialty.

In August 1998, Van Aalst attended Sniper School then returned to HHC, 3rd Bn., as a sniper team leader later transitioning to squad leader in August 1999. After serving for two years as a squad leader, he was selected as an instructor and a shooter in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning. He served in that position for two years before returning in September 2003 to HHC, 3rd Bn., as a sniper platoon sergeant.

Shortly thereafter, he deployed on his first combat rotation to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, then to Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq before moving in 2005 to Co. A, 3rd Bn., to serve as a platoon sergeant. As a platoon sergeant, he deployed twice to Iraq in 2005 and again to Afghanistan in 2006.
Van Aalst returned to HHC, 3rd Bn., as the noncommissioned officer in-charge of the Reconnaissance, Sniper and Technical Surveillance Detachment. He deployed to Afghanistan again in 2006, for his fifth combat deployment.
In July 2007, Van Aalst was assigned as the chief instructor and writer to 'C' Co, 2nd Bn., 29th Infantry, at Fort Benning, where he served for one year before being selected in 2008 as a special operations team member, U. S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N. C.

His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger School, Sniper School, Warrior Leader Course, Static Line Jumpmaster, the Combat Lifesaver Course, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Infantry Advanced Leader’s Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Infantry Senior Leader’s Course, Pathfinder Course, the Advanced Land Navigation Course, and the Military Free-Fall Course.

He was posthumously recognized with a second Bronze Star Medal, a third Purple Heart Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
His other awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, seven Army Achievement Medals, five Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Distinguished Pistol Shooting Badge, Distinguished Rifleman Badge, Excellence in Competition (Pistol) Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He also earned five Overseas Service Bars.

Van Aalst is survived by his wife, Katie Van Aalst, daughters Kaylie and Ava all of Pinehurst, N.C.; and his parents, Neville and Nancy Van Aalst of Hawthorne, Fla.
Sine Pari: Without Equal
As of August 6, 2010

08-06-2010, 17:30
RIP Warrior, may God bless and keep you and your family always.

08-06-2010, 17:32
RIP Sir.

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

08-06-2010, 17:54
RIP Warrior, Vaya con Dios..

08-06-2010, 18:00
:( RIP

08-06-2010, 18:05
Rest In Peace, and Thank You

08-06-2010, 18:27
Rest in Peace, MSG. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. You will ALWAYS be missed and NEVER forgotten.

molon labe

Red Flag 1
08-06-2010, 18:28
Rest In Peace Warrior, and Thank You.

08-06-2010, 18:34
Rest in Peace...

08-06-2010, 18:34
RIP Warrior...may God be with your loved ones.

The Reaper
08-06-2010, 18:37
RIP, Ranger.

Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice.


08-06-2010, 18:38
RIP, Sir. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. :(

08-06-2010, 19:05
Damn, I really had liked this kid. He had came to the house and spent five days with me out in the shop working on knives. Salt of the Earth, You couldn't have asked for a better human being. He was attached to my brother for a month in small unit exchange, now their both gone. I can see Bob greeting him on the other side. The best always seem to get taken early. I saw Jared at the blade show in June. He always had a smile. Rest in peace, I'll see you when I get there.

John 15:13

08-06-2010, 19:53
Rest in Peace. You will missed by all

08-06-2010, 20:03
Rest in Peace, Warrior! Thank you for your service, dedication and sacrifice! My prayers to the family and friends in their loss.

08-06-2010, 20:27
Rest well,

Prayers out for the family.

08-06-2010, 23:38
RIP Ranger.......Blue Skies.......RLTW

08-07-2010, 00:05
Shit- We'll miss you Jared. Thanks for all you did.

Rest in Peace.

Abu Jack
08-07-2010, 05:29
Rest In Peace

08-07-2010, 06:54
Rest in peace, ranger. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

08-07-2010, 08:26
Im devastated by the lost of Master Sgt. Jared N. Van Aalst. You we're one of the best Warrior Mentors. I hope to be half the Soldier you were and I will carry your words and actions with me the rest of my life. May god bless you and my prayers go out to you're family. I'm going to be the best Soldier possible and will follow you're lead and actions throughout my Army career.

I promise.

08-07-2010, 12:00
Rest In Peace, MSG.

Mick Strider
08-07-2010, 12:32
i have no closer friend than Jared.

Talk about a fucking super hero.
TOTAL sleeper, but a super hero.

i could write books of funny shit about VA, but mostly he was a total and complete pro.
The absolute personification of Quiet Professional.

i spoke to VA a few hours before he left.

Jared is one of those guys who you NEVER would have thought would go down. He doesn't make many mistakes.

Im one of those shitty friends who only has contact info for the Bro and not his wife, but im getting the info....if anyone needs it.

On a side note.

Jared is GTG.
He's drinking piss out of gallon milk jugs with Bob right now.


08-07-2010, 12:39
God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior................:(

Big Teddy :munchin

08-07-2010, 18:20
Rest in Peace MSG Jared Van Aalst.

08-08-2010, 10:33
Never knew you but your cousin is a very close friend from 10th group days and he called me yesterday to talk. Great to hear from those that knew you how squared away you were - amazing how this special ops stuff stays in families. RIP Warrior.

TF Kilo
08-08-2010, 21:26
Jared was my second team leader as a young hooah in 3/75.


08-09-2010, 07:49

08-09-2010, 08:57
Jared was a highly intelligent and motivated professional soldier, one of the best of Ranger regiment. I enjoyed my friendship and professional interaction with Van. I will miss you.

My prayers and thoughts for his wife and children as they come to terms with their loss.....May we never fail them!

08-09-2010, 10:55
Rest in Peace brother.

08-09-2010, 13:23
RIP MSG and thank you for your service. Prayers out the family and friends.

Mango, R. M.
08-10-2010, 12:16
We love you brother. Rest. I'll see you again soon.

08-10-2010, 12:30
Rest in peace. Prayers out to the friends and family.

08-10-2010, 16:34
Rest in Peace Jared, You deserve your rest now.

08-10-2010, 18:07
Hate seeing this kind of news. RIP

08-11-2010, 00:41
Rest in Peace Master Sergeant. Thank you, Ranger, for your service.


Goggles Pizano
08-12-2010, 18:21
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spritus Sancti, Amen.
In pace requiescat Ranger, dominus vobiscum.

Combat Diver
08-23-2010, 07:30
Rest in Peace Jared,

I had the privelage to compete against him and MSG Tung Nguyen (3rd SFGA) both at the All Army Matches in 05' and 06' at Benning. They both whipped my butt with the rifle and now they are both gone. Prayers sent for his family.


08-23-2010, 12:21
Thank You for all you have done. RIP Warrior