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STAFF SGT JEREMIE S. BORDER
SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM-AFGHANISTAN
Staff Sgt. Jeremie S. Border, 28, of Mesquite, Texas, died September 1, 2012, by small arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.
Border was assigned to Company Alpha, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Okinawa, Japan and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.
Border graduated from Mesquite High School in 2002 and attended college at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas earning his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Communications in 2006.
He entered the Army in 2006 as an infantryman, where he completed basic training, advanced individual training and basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga. In 2006 he was assigned to 1-17th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
In 2008, Border was selected during the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course as a SF weapons sergeant, and learned Indonesian at the Special Operations Forces Language Course at the United States Army John F. Kennedy Warfare Center and School.
He was originally assigned to Company Bravo, 1st Bn., 1st SFG (Airborne), Okinawa, Japan in 2009 and was assigned to Company Alpha prior to his deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.
Border's military education includes the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Warrior Leader's Course, the Advanced Leader's Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Course and the Basic Airborne Course.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Expert Infantry Badge and the Army Parachutist Badge.
He has been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Afghan Campaign Medal.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Lynne Border, and sister, DeLaynie Kaye Roberts of Mesquite, Texas.
For further information, media should contact the Special Forces Command Public Affairs Office during duty hours at 910-643-8438 or after duty hours at 910-429-4165.
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Green Beret from Mesquite dies in Afghanistan combat
by TERESA WOODARD
Posted on September 4, 2012 at 5:56 AM
MESQUITE, Texas -- U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremie Border of Mesquite has died in combat in Afghanistan.
The Mesquite High School and McMurry University football standout is being called a hero by the people who watched him grow up.
The moment you pull up in front of Border's childhood home, you know. The flags and ribbons give it away.
This is a soldier's home.
Neighbor John Counts described Border in simple but powerful terms: "A man. A man of honor."
He and others best remember him as a boy — a football player at Mesquite High School, where they said he was a member of the 2001 state championship team which recorded a perfect 15-0 season.
Border went on to play college football for four years at McMurry University in Abilene.
Then he joined the Army, became a staff sergeant, and a Green Beret.
Border was killed Saturday in Afghanistan. His body arrived Monday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
"To go over there — for himself, his family, the country — I don't know what else you can say about a man like that. That's top of the list," Counts said.
The flags and signs have been on display at Border's home for many months. Yellow ribbons have been tied around the trees there, too.
Neighbor Leonard Campos has taken it upon himself to make sure those symbols are treated with dignity.
"I came home one day and noticed it was on the ground, and I know what it means," he said. "I tied it back up out of respect for the soldier who was fighting for us."
Now, that soldier is gone.
"He died doing what he loved — serving his country," Campos said, choking up when thinking about what Border has done for America.
"I wish I could do something to bring him back, but I know I can't," he said. "The good Lord done this. But I know one thing: I know where he's at. He's in a better place than we are."
McMurry University released a statement saying the campus extended heartfelt prayers and condolences to Border's family.
He graduated from McMurry in 2006. In addition to playing football, he was a member of the Servant Leadership program and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was also a Resident Assistant and was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
The school will honor Staff Sgt. Border during its Fall 2012 Convocation at 11 a.m. Tuesday.