The ‘Raider’ Brigade mourns the loss of Staff Sgt. Jesse Infante

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – The ‘Raider’ Brigade mourns the loss of one of our own, who was killed Monday, 30 Aug. near the Arghandab river valley outside Kandahar City, Afghanistan while on a combat logistics patrol.

Staff Sgt. Jesse Infante, a 30-year-old native of Cypress, Texas was assigned to Foward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, where he served as a section cheif.

Among his Soldiers, Infante was known as an irreplaceable leader. He cared deeply for the welfare of each of the Soldiers he led and during his time with the ‘Iron Knights’, he created a band of brothers within his platoon.

“Jesse Infante was like a father figure to his Soldiers,” said Sgt. 1st Class Sean Patterson, platoon sergeant, 1-66AR. “He was a calm and collected NCO that handled difficult tasks with very little effort.”

Jesse and his wife, Angelica, would have platoon get-togethers at their house, where they invited the Soldiers to bring their families on a weekly basis to enjoy a Thanksgiving-like meal every time, said Patterson.

Infante enlisted in the Army as a Petroleum Supply Specialist in January, 2000. Upon completion of his training, he reported to Fort Irwin, Calif., where he was assigned to Heaquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Battalion, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

In February, 2004, he was reassigned to 2nd Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment at Camp Casey, Korea. While at Camp Casey, he attended Warrior Leaders Course and was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

His unit was deactivated in March, 2005, and he was reassigned to FSC, 1-66AR at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed to Iraq for 12 months with 1-66AR in February 2005.

“I met Jesse more than five years ago as a young Pvt. juts coming into the Army,” said Sgt. Thomas Jung, distribution platoon squad leader, 1-66AR. “He mentored me into the man and leader I am today. He never steered his Soldiers to failure and always gave them the guidance they needed to succeed and to become great battle buddies and Brothers.

“I want everyone to remember that he was the guy everyone wanted to know and could only aspire to be,” said Jung. “There was no one like him and he can never be replaced.”

A memorial in Staff Sgt. Jesse Infante’s honor was held in Afghanistan.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Staff Sgt. Jesse Infante, a 30-year-old native of Cypress, Texas, was killed while on a combat logistics patrol near the Arghandab river valley outside Kandahar City. He was assigned to Foward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
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