Rodgers, Joshua Robert, CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
154C-CH-47D Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
2006-2007, 154C, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment/HHC
Service Years
2000 - 2007
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Aviation

Chief Warrant Officer 2


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Home State
Nevada
Nevada
Year of Birth
1978
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Carson City
Last Address
Fort Bragg, NC

Casualty Date
May 30, 2007
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)/Operation Noble Lance
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere 82nd Airbone Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne


 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartCombat Helicopter Pilots Association82nd Airborne Division AssociationArmy Aviation Association of America (AAAA)
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)GWOT Fallen
  2007, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Combat Helicopter Pilots Association [Verified]
  2007, 82nd Airborne Division Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award
Aviator Badge (Basic)
Rifle
Bayonet
Grenade

 
 Unit Assignments
82nd Aviation Regiment
  2006-2007, 154C, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2006-2007 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation II (2006-09)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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Joshua R. Rodgers
Chief Warrant Officer,  United States Army
Nevada State Flag
NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
No. 696-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 04, 2007
Media Contact: (703) 697-5131/697-5132
Public/Industry (703) 428-0711

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died May 30, 2007, in Upper Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, when their helicopter crashed apparently due to enemy fire. They were assigned to the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

 Killed were:

 Chief Warrant Officer Christopher M. Allgaier, 33, of Omaha, Nebraska
Chief Warrant Officer Joshua R. Rodgers, 29, of Carson City, Nevada
Staff Sergeant Charlie L. Bagwell, 28, of Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Sergeant Jesse A. Blamires, 25, of West Jordan, Utah
Sergeant Brandon E. Hadaway, 25, of Valley, Alabama

For more information related to this release the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661; after hours (910) 303-0691.



7 June 2007:

A former Carson City, Nevada, man was among five 82d Airborne soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan last week, his aunt said Monday.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Rodgers, 29, was killed Wednesday when the Ch-47 Chinook he was co-piloting was apparently shot down by enemy fire in the Upper Sangin Valley in Afghanistan, said Major Tom Earnhardt. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the crash.

JR Rodgers PHOTO

A member of the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Brigade Combat Team, Rodgers was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he lived with his wife, Casey Gilder Rodgers, of Gardnerville, and their three daughters ages 2, 3 and 7, said maternal aunt Susan McElfish of Carson City.

 The CH-47 Chinook helicopter went down Wednesday in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province, killing the five American soldiers and two others on board - a Briton and a Canadian.

Shortly before the crash, the twin-rotor helicopter had dropped off at least 30 paratroopers from the 82nd in an air assault on a Taliban position.

The U.S. soldiers were assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-82.

Rodgers deployed to Afghanistan in January and had previously served a year in Iraq, said McElfish.

She said her nephew, the only child of her younger sister Deborah Walker, graduated from Douglas High School in 1997. He attended his freshman year at Carson High in 1994.

He and his wife, Casey, were married in 1997 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Gardnerville, according to Carson City Marriage Bureau records.

"It would have been their 10th anniversary in October," McElfish said.

Rodgers joined the Army after high school, served four years as an enlisted infantryman, then moved back to the area and worked as a corrections officer for two years.

According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Rodgers was employed as a correction officer trainee in August 2000. He then worked as a permanent corrections officer from August 2001 to February 2003.

After that, he reenlisted in the Army and became a warrant officer.

Upon hearing the news, Deborah Walker and her husband, Ben Walker, of Carson City, immediately went to North Carolina to be with Casey and the children, McElfish said.

"Joshua was a wonderful husband and son. He was our hero. He was faithful to his country. He was an American," she said through tears. "He was devoted to his family. Family was everything to Joshua."

In honor of Rodgers, flags at the Nevada State Capitol were flown at half-staff on Monday.

Nevada Congressman Dean Heller also offered his condolences to the family.

"May has been a difficult month for Nevadans. Some of our best and brightest have been lost fighting for our country. I am saddened by the most recent news of Joshua Rodgers' death. His passing is a loss not only for his family and friends, but for our country and our state," Heller said.

McElfish said funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but that her nephew will be brought back to Nevada.

"This is his home, this is where his family will be," she said.

NOTE: There will be a group burial of the crew at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, 12 September 2008.

Webmaster: Michael Robert Patterson
 


Posted: 9 September 2008 Updated: 13 September 2008
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COMPANY B, 3D BATTALION, 82D AVIATION BRIGADE, FORT BRAGG, NC LOCATION:UPPER SANGIN VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN
NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
No. 696-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 04, 2007
Media Contact: (703) 697-5131/697-5132
Public/Industry (703) 428-0711

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died May 30, 2007, in Upper Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, when their helicopter crashed apparently due to enemy fire. They were assigned to the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

 Killed were:

 Chief Warrant Officer Christopher M. Allgaier, 33, of Omaha, Nebraska
Chief Warrant Officer Joshua R. Rodgers, 29, of Carson City, Nevada
Staff Sergeant Charlie L. Bagwell, 28, of Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Sergeant Jesse A. Blamires, 25, of West Jordan, Utah
Sergeant Brandon E. Hadaway, 25, of Valley, Alabama

For more information related to this release the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661; after hours (910) 303-0691.

NOTE: There will be a group burial of the crew at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, 12 September 2008.

Navy SEAL and 5 Soldiers Are Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
By Mark Berman
Cpurtesy of The Washington Post
Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hundreds of mourners gathered at Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery yesterday, some coming to honor five soldiers killed in a helicopter crash last year and others to pay tribute to a Navy SEAL killed in combat last month.

Although the gray skies threatened rain, the weather held for the services.

For the first funeral, more than 300 people crossed York Drive, which lines the north side of Section 60, for the burial of Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Thomas Harris.

Harris, 36, of Lexington, North Carolina, died August 30, 2008, during combat while trying to cross a turbulent river in Afghanistan. The Navy SEAL was temporarily deployed from his assignment at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group based at Dam Neck, Virginia.

"He was a true Renaissance man," his mother, Evelyn Harris, told The Washington Post last week. "Josh always wanted to be the best and the brightest, especially in things that helped people. He believed he was fighting for our freedom and fighting terrorism with all his heart."

During the service, flags were presented to his mother and father, Sam Harris; his twin sister, Mary-Maria Kirstin Harris, known as Kiki; and his older brother, S. Ranchor Harris III.

Harris was a man of diverse tastes and talents, an all-county and all-conference football player at Lexington Senior High School who majored in studio art at Davidson College, family members said. He loved to paint, and the walls of his family's home are covered with his work.

Later in the morning, dozens of mourners came from Bradley Drive, on Section 60's south side, for a group burial honoring five soldiers killed in a helicopter crash May 30, 2007.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher M. Allgaier, Staff Sergeant Charlie L. Bagwell, Sergeant Jesse A. Blamires, Sergeant Brandon E. Hadaway and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua R. Rodgers were killed when their CH-47D Chinook helicopter crashed near Afghanistan's Helmand province. A Canadian and a Briton were also killed in the crash. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

A horse-drawn caisson followed a military band down Bradley Drive. The caisson carried a flag-draped silver coffin bearing the remains of the five soldiers. Mourners stood as four Black Hawk helicopters flew overhead to start the service.

American flags were presented to Rodgers's wife and parents, Blamires's wife and father, and Allgaier's wife. A child sat on Jennifer Allgaier's lap, clutching the flag that was presented, and Allgaier held the child and the flag close to her.

All of the soldiers were paratroopers with the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Each had been awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, among other honors, and had at least one previous deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan.

At 33, Allgaier, of Middleton, Wisconsin, was the eldest of the five and served as a tactical operations officer and pilot.

"I catch myself going from choked up to upset and to mad about" the situation, his father, Bob Allgaier, told the Omaha World-Herald shortly after the crash. "Even though he had a high-risk job, you never really think this would happen."

Three days after the crash, Jennifer Allgaier received flowers and an anniversary card from her husband, she told the Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina.

Rodgers, 29, of Carson City, Nevada, was also a helicopter pilot. More than 600 people attended Rodgers's funeral in June 2007, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune in California. His aunt, Linda Moshier, said at the time that Rodgers was always the first to offer others help.

"He was the kind of person any time anyone needed help, he was the first one there," she said. "He was a wonderful, wonderful human being."

She said he returned home from boot camp determined to marry his high school sweetheart, Casey. They had three daughters: Madison, Autumn and Ashlyn.

Bagwell, 28, of Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, was well-liked and a mentor, members of the 82nd Airborne Division said in a release.

The flight engineer had a son, Preston Owen. Several members of Bagwell's high school class established a memorial scholarship in his honor, calling him "a true friend to all who knew him" on its Web site.

"He was liked by everyone who knew him," Chief Warrant Officer Dave Cox said in the release. "You couldn't help but like Charlie. . . . I will truly miss him and there will never be anyone like him."

Blamires, 25, of West Jordan, Utah, was a flight engineer but dreamed of becoming an astronaut.

At a memorial service for him in June 2007, family and friends recalled the fun he had when flying, according to the Deseret Morning News. His friend Mark Jones recalled that after a test flight with Blamires, "I actually got to hear Jesse give an audible 'Wee.' "

Jones also spoke about Blamires's bravery, saying he aided another aircraft that was under fire during a mission a month before the Chinook crash. "That is the definition of a hero. Jesse was a hero," he said.

Hadaway, 25, of Valley, Alabama, was a "big ol' teddy bear," Staff Sergeant Ronald E. Walton said in a statement. A flight engineer who joined the Army in January 2002, Hadaway was also a proud husband and father.

His father, Gene Hadaway, told the Tuscaloosa News last year that Hadaway was a very active child who was protective of his younger brother and sister.

"He really looked after them growing up," Gene Hadaway said. "If you were going to pick on Michael or Brittany, you'd have to pick on Brandon. That's the way he was. Brandon wouldn't be the one to back down from anything."

With yesterday's funerals, the number of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan who are buried at Arlington rose to 500.


 

US Army Air Crew Group Funeral PHOTO 09-12-08
Relatives grieve during a joint funeral for Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher M. Allgaier, Staff Sergeant Charlie L. Bagwell, Sergeant Jesse A. Blamires, Sergeant Brandon E. Hadaway and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua R. Rodgers, who were killed when their CH-47D Chinook helicopter crashed last year near the Helmand province of Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack

Army Air Crew Group Funeral Services PHOTO - 8-12-08
Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard hold folded U.S. flags that were to be presented to the relatives of the five soldiers

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Posted: 9 September 2008 Updated: 13 September 2008

 


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