WASHINGTON, District of Columbia- The Department of Defense on Sunday released the name of an Oklahoma-born soldier killed this week in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims, 36, of Juneau, Alaska, died Oct. 27 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained when he was involved in a helicopter crash. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
Six other service members were injured in the crash, Military Times reports.
The military has not released much information about the crash except to say that the helicopter was not downed by enemy fire. The incident is under investigation.
Sims, who was born in Oklahoma, joined the Army in August 1999, according to information from U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
CW2 Sims enlisted in the United States Army on August 12, 1999. After completing basic training and advanced individual training, CW2 Sims was assigned to Fort Bragg,North Carolina as a Combat Engineer. After successful selection and completion of Warrant Officer Flight Training, CW2 Sims was assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot.
CW2 Sims volunteered to serve in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and graduated Officer Green Platoon in April of 2014. CW2 Sims was assigned to Alpha Company 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. CW2 Sims served as a Fully Mission Qualified MH-47G Pilot-in-Command and Company Aviation Safety Officer.
CW2 Sims was a veteran of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN in Kosovo, numerous tours in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq, and Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and RESOLUTE SUPPORT MISSION in Afghanistan.
His military education includes the Basic Training Course, Advanced Individual Training Course, Basic Airborne Course, Basic Leader’s Course, Air Assault Course, Jump Master Course, Advanced Leader’s Course, Warrant Officer Flight Training, UH-60 Qualification Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (High Risk) Course, CH-47D Qualification Course, Officer Green Platoon, Combatives Level 1 Training Course, MH-47G Qualification Course, Aviation Safety Officer Course, and the Aviation Warrant Officer Advanced Course.
CW2 Jacob Sims’ awards and decorations include the Air Medal (with Combat Device), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Unit Citation (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters) Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze CampaignStar), Iraqi Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze CampaignStars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2nd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (3rd Award), Air Assault Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Sapper Tab, Basic Aviator Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.
“On behalf of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the family of CW2 Jacob Sims. Jacob lived by a creed that few understand and even fewer embody. He will not be forgotten and his legacy will endure through his family, friends, and fellow Nightstalkers. You have our unwavering support, and always have a welcome place among the Night Stalker family,” Colonel Philip Ryan, Commander, 160th SOAR (A).