A Mississippi Marine has been killed while serving in the Middle East.
The family of Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers was notified of his death Thursday at their home in Brandon. According to his family, the 28-year-old was on his 5th combat tour in Afghanistan, killed by a improvised explosive device, likely a roadside bomb, while out on night missions. He died in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on April 7th.
WLBT visited with Brandon Winfield, Jason Rogers friend since childhood. Both graduated from Brandon High School in 2000. Winfield says Rogers loved life, and was a newlywed. He and his wife Anj, now residing in North Carolina, where Rogers was stationed at Camp Lejeune North Carolina.
Winfield says, "There's not a scale to measure his bravery, courage, tact, he was a pro, he was good at what he did, he was a combat engineer, he was a professional."
Rogers served as a combat engineer, clearing dangers out of the way for other soldiers.
"They took care of mines explosives in Iraq if houses the thought enemy combatants were there, they'd go in and take out the facility, he was full of life, energy charismatic, he was just the kind of guy, and ultimate Marine, we lost a very special person, this world is going to be a empty, colder place without him," says Winfield.
The flags at Brandon High school flew at half staff Friday. The Rankin County School District released a statement saying, 'Rogers was a highly decorated marine and a young man of strong character and commitment to his country. We are proud that he is a graduate of Brandon High but we are even prouder of the service he gave to his country.'
Funeral services for Staff Sergeant Rogers will be held sometime mid-next week. Staff Sergeant Rogers would have turned 29 on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, his family is asking donations be made in Jason's behalf to organizations that care for Marines with traumatic injuries.
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