7/25/2013 10:48:00 AM Local soldier killed in Afghanistan
courtesy ASU ROTC Lt. Jonam Russell
From the Board of Regents
Statement from the Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein regarding Arizona soldier and ASU Graduate 1st Lt. Jonam Russell:
"On behalf of the Arizona Board of Regents and our public universities, I express our deep sorrow over the tragic death of 1st Lt. Jonam Russell, an Arizona soldier and Arizona State University graduate, who gave his life for the protection of our great country while serving on patrol in Wardak Province in Afghanistan. First Lt. Russell graduated cum laude from ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business in 2011. His dedication to serve and protect his country and his selfless patriotism is a deep reflection on the honor of his character and is a noble example of service for all of our graduates. Lt. Russell, and all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who defend our freedom daily, are deserving of our profound respect. I extend my deepest sympathy and gratitude to First Lt. Russell's family. He is an American hero."
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jonam Russell, 25, whose parents Gilbert and Sophia Russell live in Cornville, was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan on July 23.
Gov. Jan Brewer ordered that flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff for Thursday, July 25.
Russell, an Arizona State University ROTC Sun Devil battalion officer, was reportedly on dismounted patrol in the Wardak Province when a suicide bomber on a donkey detonated an improvised explosive device nearby. Three Americans as well as an Afghan translator and the bomber were killed.
The other soldiers were Sgt. Stefan M. Smith, 24 of Glennville, Ga., and Spc. Rob L. Nichols, 24, of Colorado Springs, Colo. According to the Department of Defense, they were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
Born Jan. 5, 1988, Russell graduated Cum Laude from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business in May 2011.
A memorial service is scheduled July 26 at 10 a.m., at Old Main on ASU's Tempe campus. The Sun Devil Battalion will broadcast the Fallen Soldier Ceremony live on YouTube. Visit https://www.facebook.com/asuarmyrotc