MSG Jared Van Aalst - USASOC

Ranger Psych

Verified SOF
Sep 6, 2008
Keeping my hatchet sharp in the PNW

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Master Sgt. Jared N. Van Aalst, 34, of Laconia, N.H., died Aug. 4 in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while his unit was conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Jared was my 2nd team leader as a young hooah in Alpha company, 3/75.

RIP brother. Archive/2010/August/100806-01.html

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Aug. 6, 2010) – A Special Operations Soldier was killed Aug. 4, during a combat operation in Konduz Province, Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Jared N. Van Aalst, 34, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Van Aalst was born in Laconia, N.H., and graduated from Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, N.H., in 1993. Van Aalst enlisted in the U.S. Army as a signal support systems specialist on Aug. 17, 1995.

Airborne and Ranger qualified, he served with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., as a signal support systems specialist, an infantryman, sniper team leader, and platoon sergeant. He also served with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit there.

In July 2007, Van Aalst was assigned as the chief instructor and writer to Comp. C, 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.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Van Aalst is survived by his wife, Katie Van Aalst of Pinehurst, N.C., daughters Kaylie and Ava; and his parents, Neville and Nancy Van Aalst of Hawthorne, Fla.
Jared will be greatly missed by the community. He was a great Ranger, leader, and mentor. It is a privledge to have served with him. RLTW!
Jesus Christ...

I had to fucking randomly see this through facebook.

Jared Van Aalst.. you were an amazing soldier and a great inspiration to a younger guy like me..

Rest in peace for all of eternity..
Rest in peace.

Sorry for your loss lancero, Ranger Psych...

dknob... terrible way to find out :( Sorry for your loss as well.