Aug. 15, 2007

Virginia Guard confirms death of Guardsman

Virginia National Guard News Release

RICHMOND, Va. – Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia confirmed that Virginia Guardsman Sgt. Jonathan M. Forde, 26, of Vienna, Va., died on Aug. 13 while training at Fort McCoy, Wis. 

Gen. Newman said that Sgt. Forde mobilized with his unit, the 237th Engineer Company, located in West Point, Va., on July 19, 2007 and traveled to Fort McCoy where he was preparing for overseas deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Gen. Newman said the cause of Sgt. Forde’s death is under investigation. 

Gen Newman said, “We are all saddened by the death of Sgt. Jonathan Forde. This is a tragic loss to his family, his friends, and the Virginia National Guard. I know that I speak for all citizens of the Commonwealth when I say that Sgt. Forde will surely be missed.” 

Gen. Newman went on to say that Sgt. Forde’s family and loved ones will be the first priority for the Virginia National Guard. Gen. Newman said the Virginia National Guard will stand with and support those who are affected by this tragic loss. Gen. Newman asked that Virginia Guardsmen and the citizens of the Commonwealth keep Sgt. Forde’s loved ones in their prayers.

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