Sgt. Jeremy R. Wright, 31, a Special Forces
Communications Sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Wash., died instantly when the enemy IED exploded near his Ground Mobility Vehicle during operations in the country’s Konar province.
Wright deployed to Afghanistan in November 2004 in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab.
Wright began the Thai Language Course in November 2003 and graduated from the SFQC in July 2004 after completing the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course at Fort Bragg.
He was assigned to the 1st SFG in August
Jeremy is survived by his father, Dale Wright, of Flat Rock, Ind., and his mother, Jacquelyn Nickel, of Shelbyville, Ind.
Wright enlisted in the Army in November 2001 under the service’s then-new Special Forces Recruiting Initiative, a program that enables civilian recruits to volunteer to attend the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course shortly after their completion of Initial Entry Training as infantrymen.
After entering the Army in April 2002, he completed infantry and airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., and in August 2002 was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. Wright attended SFAS in September 2002 and was selected to continue his training as a communications sergeant in the Special Forces Qualification Course.
Wright was a 1996 graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., and was a two-time All-American cross-country runner there. He was also a three-time member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team and was the Indiana state high school champion in the 3,200-meter run.
Memorial Fund Established for Wright
by Jim Amidon
10 January 2005
Wabash College has taken initial steps to establish The Jeremy Wright Memorial Fund to honor Sgt. Jeremy R. Wright ’96, who was killed in action Jan. 3 while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Wright, a Green Beret Communications Specialist with 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Wash., had joined the U.S. Army in April of 2002 but had been in Afghanistan less than two months.
Wright was the the most decorated distance runner in Wabash athletics history, and was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. Wright was a two-time All-American cross country runner, First Team Academic All- American, NCAA Great Lakes Regional champion in 1993 and Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference cross country Most Valuable Runner in 1993 and 1995. He won a total of seven ICAC distance-running championships, including three in the 10,000 meters, two in cross country and two in the 5,000-meter run.
He was a summa cum laude graduate and chemistry major.
The Jeremy Wright Memorial Fund is not yet designated. "We've heard from so many of Jeremy's friends, former Wabash teammates, and members of the running community out West that we felt like we needed to get something established right way," said Jim Amidon, director of public affairs at Wabash.
"In a few months, we'll gather together with his teammates and family to determine how best to put the fund to use. We know that his Wabash teammates would like to see us establish a Wabash scholarship for Shelby County students in Jeremy's memory," said Amidon.
Wright, Roger Busch, and Scott Gall — all two-time All-Americans — ran together from 1992 through 1996 and were nicknamed the "The Three Amigos" by cross country coach Rob Johnson. During that time, Wabash finished fourth at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in 1994 and third in 1995.
Those wishing to contribute to The Jeremy Wright Memorial Fund may contact Wabash College in care of Advancement Office, Post Office Box 352, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Requests for information or details concerning credit-card gifts may be directed to Mrs. Guyanna Spurway at (765) 361-6367.
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