FORT BLISS, TX — A Fort Bliss Soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom died April 26 in Bethesda, Md. Spc. Jason K. Edens died of wounds sustained April 15, in Laghman province, Afghanistan, when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
Edens, 22, of Franklin, Tenn., was an Infantryman (MOS 11B) who entered the Army from Nashville, Tenn., January 2009. He was previously stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. Eden's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Expert with Rifle.
He is survived by his wife.
"Team Bliss and the 1st Armored Division deeply mourns the loss of an outstanding Soldier; we are keeping Spc. Jason Eden's wife, family, friends, and fellow Soldiers in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," stated . He was a fighter and gave his life on behalf of our nation," stated Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commanding general, 1st Armored Division.
A memorial ceremony in honor of this fallen Soldier will be coordinated and announced at a later date.