Sergeant Leandro Jasso died on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was killed as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaging enemy forces.
Editorial Note: A subsequent Resolute Support news release dated November 27, 2018 states that “An initial review indicates Sgt. Jasso was likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force. There are no indications that he was shot intentionally.”
Jasso, age 25, was from Leavenworth, Washington. He was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He was engaged in combat operations in Khash Rod district, Nimroz province. Upon being wounded he was immediately treated and medically evacuated to a medical treatment facility in Garmsir district, Helmand province, where he died of his wounds.
SGT Jasso enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2012. He completed Basic Combat Training, One Station Unit Training as an infantryman and Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Following initial training he was assigned to 2nd Ranger Battalion, where he served as an Assistant Machine Gunner, Automatic Rifleman and Grenadier.
SGT Jasso’s military education includes the Basic Leader Course and U.S. Army Ranger Course. His awards and decorations include:
- Army Achievement Medal
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Army Service Ribbon
- NATO Medal
- Ranger Tab
- Combat Infantryman’s Badge
- Expert Infantryman’s Badge
- Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
SGT Jasso deployed twice before in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. At the time of his death SGT Jasso was serving as a team leader on his third deployment to Afghanistan.
His Ranger unit was partnered with the Ktah Khas, an elite commando unit belonging to the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC). Their mission was to conduct a capture-kill operation against known al-Qaida senior leader associates. Another Ranger and and Afghan soldier were also wounded. Ten insurgents were killed in the raid.
Jasso was an Eagle Scout who also played on school soccer, wrestling, and football teams. He came from the small town of Leavenworth in central Washington.
“Ranger was killed by Afghan friendly fire during night raid on al-Qaida, investigation shows”, Army Times, August 27, 2019.
“Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso was ‘charismatic,’ ‘wonderful kid,’, friends, mentors recall”, Stars and Stripes, November 26, 2018.
“DOD Identifies Army Casualty”, DoD, November 25, 2018.
“U.S. Service Member Killed in Afghanistan”, Resolute Support Mission, November 24, 2018.
Photo: Provided by USASOC.