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Fort Carson solider dies after explosion in Afghanistan

Posted at 10:49 AM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 12:49:45-05

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A 24-year-old Fort Carson solider died days after he was injured in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Sgt. Jason M. McClary, of Export, Pennsylvania, died Sunday in Landstuhl, Germany from his injuries after an improvised explosive device explosion Nov. 27 in Afghanistan.

McClary was assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

“The Rock battalion expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends tragically affected by the loss of Sgt. Jason McClary,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Roberts, commander of 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment. “He epitomizes what it is to be a professional, a warrior and a soldier. Sgt. McClary served honorably as an up-armored vehicle gunner for the Attack Company. His memory and contributions will never be forgotten.”

McClary entered the Army on Jan. 21, 2014 and arrived in Fort Carson on Oct. 25, 2017.

He spent about eight months in Iraq starting in May 2016, and was later sent to Afghanistan in April 2018.

He received several awards during his time in the Army, including:

  • Two Purple Heart
  • Army Commendation Medal with Valor
  • Army Commendation Medal (Combat)
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Good Conduct Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • NATO Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • Combat Infantry Badge
  • Air Assault Badge