Fort Riley, Kansas



Pale Riders Pay Tribute to Fallen Hero Staff Sgt. Jamie Jarboe

By 1st HBCT Public Affairs | PAO.MR | May 21, 2012

FORT RILEY, Kan. – Staff Sgt. Jamie Jarboe, 27, of Frankfort, Ind., died March 27 in his wife's adopted hometown of Topeka, Kan., after succumbing to injuries he received while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Jarboe served as a scout with the 4th Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team during the unit's recent year-long deployment to the Zharay District near Kandahar, Afghanistan. He served two tours in Iraq prior to his deployment to Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Jarboe joined the Indiana National Guard in 2005 and attended basic and advance individual training at Fort Sill, Ok. His military assignments included: B Battery, 1st Battalion, 320 Field Artillery at Fort Campbell, Ken., and Troop A, 4th Squadron, 4th Calvary, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

Jarboe's awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal; the Purple Heart; the Army Commendation Medal (3d award); the Army Achievement Medal; the Good Conduct Medal (2d award); the National Defense Service Medal; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1CS); the Iraq Campaign Medal (3CS); the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M Device); the NCO Professional Development Ribbon; the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon (Num 4); the NATO Medal; the Combat Action Badge; the Air Assault Badge; the Expert Marksmanship Badge (Rifle).

Staff Sgt. Jarboe is survived by his wife, Melissa Jarboe, his children, Celesteal Clark, Alexa Wallace, Aaron Jarboe, his father Andrew Jarboe and his mother Joy Shoemaker.

To date, 197 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

For more information, contact the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) Public Affairs Office at (785) 240-0523/8740, e-mail at or