RIP – Ranger Joshua Rodgers

Sergeant Joshua Rodgers 3/75

Killed in action April 27th, 2017
Operation Enduring Freedom

Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, was killed while conducting combat operations in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Rodgers was a Ranger Team Leader assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. He was on his third deployment to Afghanistan.

He was born August 22nd, 1994 in Normal, Illinois. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Bloomington, Ill., in August 2013. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an Infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1, also at Fort Benning.

Following graduation from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1, Sgt. Rodgers was then assigned to Company C, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment in May 2014 where he served as a Machine Gunner, Semi-Automatic Gunner, Gun Team Leader and Ranger Team Leader.

His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1, the U.S. Army Ranger Course and the Basic Leader Course.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert-Rifle.

Sgt. Rodgers has also been awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.

One of Rodgers' NCHS coaches, track coach Bryan Thomas, said Thursday, “It's a sad day for our school and our community.” He said Rodgers had a work ethic that “was second to none.”

“He was really quiet. You could almost miss him,” said Thomas. “He led by example in both football in track.” Thomas also noted that the hard-working Rodgers “wanted to be an Army Ranger and he did it.”

His football coach, Wes Temples, echoed Thomas' description of Rodgers as a hard-working, quiet leader. “Josh was a tremendous kid,” Temples said. “When I hear his name, what comes to mind is how hard he worked no matter what it was, whether it was football or school. He did things the right way.”

Temples said hearing about Rodgers' death was “heartbreaking and incredibly sad. … You feel for his family.”

He said “serving our country” was “an honorable and brave thing.”

Rest easy Ranger
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