A 23-year-old soldier from Redding was killed last week in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense announced the death of 1st Lt. Sean R. Jacobs, who died Thursday near Khakrez, Tsagay province, of wounds sustained from an enemy improvised explosive device. Jacobs was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Jacobs entered active Army duty in May 2010 after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received artillery officer training at Fort Sill, Okla., before being assigned to the Washington base and was deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in April. This was his first deployment, according to a Department of Defense news release.
His father, Robert Jacobs, told the Redding Record Searchlight that his son was a platoon leader and was about halfway through his deployment.
He said his son attended Foothill High School in the Redding area and was nominated in 2006 by Rep. Wally Herger, R-Marysville, to attend West Point.
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