Army Posthumously Promotes Third Soldier Killed In Jordan Attack

By Ethan Cole on
 February 4, 2024

The U.S. Army recently announced the posthumous promotion of Sgt. William Jerome Rivers was killed in a drone attack in Jordan. This underscores the nation's gratitude and respect for his service.

On a solemn Friday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the American flag, symbol of freedom and sacrifice, draped the transfer case of U.S. Army Sgt. William Jerome Rivers. The 46-year-old soldier from Carrollton, Georgia, gave his life for his country, falling in a drone attack in Jordan on January 28, 2024. His promotion to staff sergeant was a poignant acknowledgment of his valor and dedication.

Presidential Presence at Dover Air Force Base

This dignified return marks President Joe Biden's second attendance at such a ceremony, a gesture of deep respect for those who serve. The first was after the tragic loss of 13 service members during the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Such moments remind us of the heavy cost of freedom and the bravery of those who defend it, Military.com reported.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and senior military leaders stood in solidarity at the ceremony. Their presence signified the nation's collective mourning and the high esteem in which these soldiers are held.

The attack that claimed Sgt. Rivers and his comrades, Sgt. Kennedy Sanders and Sgt. Breonna Moffett came without warning. A one-way drone, launched by an Iran-linked militia, struck their housing at Tower 22, a small but crucial logistics base near the Syrian border. More than 40 service members were injured in this heinous act.

A Tribute to Courage and Commitment

The Pentagon has identified the attackers as part of the "axis of resistance," backed by Iran. Defense Secretary Austin's statement at a press conference underscored the direct link between Iran and the militant groups responsible. "Iran sponsors these groups, it funds these groups and, in some cases, it trains these groups on advanced conventional weapons," he declared.

Brig. Gen. Noel Palmer, deputy commanding general of the 412th Theater Engineer Command, honored Sgt. Rivers with words that resonate with the values he embodied. "This advancement in rank is a recognition of his courage, honor, and fidelity in service to this great nation," Palmer remarked, expressing hope that this gesture would bring some solace to Rivers' family.

"This recognition not only honors Staff Sgt. Rivers' legacy but also stands as a testament to his loyal service. "Though we mourn the tragic loss of Staff Sgt. Rivers, we hope this recognition provides some comfort to this family and shows our commitment to remember his legacy of loyal service," Palmer stated.

Remembering a Soldier's Life and Legacy

Staff Sgt. Rivers' military journey began in 2011 when he enlisted in the Army Reserve as an interior electrician. His dedication to his country took him to Iraq in 2018, where he contributed to the mission against ISIS.

Carroll County, Georgia, will forever remember him as a hero. His name will be added to the county's veterans memorial, a lasting tribute to his sacrifice and service. Rivers' commitment to his fellow soldiers and the mission was unwavering throughout his service.

Conclusion

The posthumous promotion of Sgt. William Jerome Rivers to staff sergeant is a solemn reminder of the cost of freedom.

The nation's leaders have paid their respects, acknowledging the sacrifice of Rivers and his comrades.

Their legacy of courage, honor, and commitment continues to inspire us all. We remember their service and the profound impact of their loss on their families and the country.

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