Nov. 7, 1982 Richmond Henrico County Virginia, USA
Apr. 1, 2007 Baghdad, Iraq
Army Staff Sgt. Arnette was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Arnette died April 1 from wounds suffered March 31 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Since the age of 3, Jason wanted to be a soldier. As a teenager, he went on church sponsored trips to Guatemala to build an orphanage and a medical center. He was a 2001 graduate of Amelia County High School in Amelia, Virginia and while in high school he played soccer and joined the Air Force JROTC program. Jason loved being in the military; he loved the discipline and the structure. During his five years in the Army, he served one tour in Korea and was sent to Iraq three times. His last tour was scheduled to end in August 2007. He will receive a posthumous Purple Heart for the incident that took his life. His other awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and Combat Infantryman Badge. Jason had an adventurous spirit, was a lover of sports and the outdoors, and wanted to become a history teacher. He was loved by many people and was so friendly that he never met a stranger. Jason is survived by his wife, Shenandoah, his mother Michelle Arnette Bryant and sisters Tonya Arnette and Shelby-Grace Arnette.