Soldier Honored: Jason L. Norton
Branch of Service: Air Force
Rank: Technical Sergeant
Technical Sergeant Jason L. Norton, 32, of Miami, Okla., was assigned to the 3rd Security Forces Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On January 22, 2006, TSgt. Norton was killed while conducting convoy escort duties near Taji, Iraq when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.
A 1991 graduate of Miami High School, where he wrestled and played football, TSgt. Norton enlisted in the Air Force in March 1992. He became a canine trainer and loved working with the dogs. He was stationed in multiple locations throughout his time in the military including Kansas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Guam, and Alaska. TSgt. Norton was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, and has been awarded at least six other medals, including four Air Force achievement medals.
"Jason loved NASCAR, hunting and fishing and always had plenty of amusing stories to share," said MSgt. Timothy John.
"He loved the squad he commanded, and his troops would follow him anywhere.” SSgt. Richard Cleary said, "Brian always made us laugh and he always knew when to jump into a conversation to make us laugh even more. He was a family man and was devoted to his wife and two children."
TSgt. Norton’s wife and both children are Folds of Honor Scholarship recipients.