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Madam Speaker, America and the State of Texas lost a warrior this month at the Forward Operating Base Gardez in Afghanistan, a remote and desolate place in the middle of the cursed lands of this war zone. Army SPC Jarrett Griemel died on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, from injuries he suffered in Afghanistan. He was just 20 years old.
SPC Griemel is the 28th warrior to have died in Iraq or Afghanistan with connection to the 2nd Congressional District of Texas.
Jarrett was a young man who personified the best qualities of the young people of America today. Born in San Angelo, Texas and raised in La Porte, Texas, Jarrett was living the life he had always made plans to live: a life filled with achievement and adventure.
Jarrett was a patriot. He joined the Army his junior year of high school. He had already completed basic training before graduating with honors from La Porte High School.
Jarrett was a member of the swim team and the surf club while in high school. He loved the outdoors and especially the beach and surfing.
Jarrett spent his spare time parachuting and cliff diving. Jarrett lived his life to the fullest.
In February of last year, Jarrett married his high-school sweetheart, Candice, at a small ceremony in front of a justice of the peace. She joined him in Alaska where he was deployed by the Army to begin their young married lives together. Jarrett set his career goal at becoming a surgeon.
Jarrett was an athletic young man with bright red hair and an infectious smile. His brother Chase says he and Jarrett were typical adventurous young boys growing up who spent time in the woods catching snakes and bugs. He wanted to travel, see the world, live a life of excitement and adventure. And Jarrett did just that.
Jarrett was a petroleum supply specialist assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division Battalion at Fort Richardson, Alaska. Home of the Arctic Warriors.
The 3,500-Soldier brigade is in the midst of a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Our American warriors live under the most grueling of conditions in Afghanistan. Jarretts experience in the outdoors growing up would come in handy in the rugged and cursed terrain.
Having been in Afghanistan myself, Ive witnessed how the hot desert sun is unrelenting as our soldiers patrol in the dusty, rocky mountains and deserts. The only real relief from the heat is the freezing cold night in the desert. One harsh extreme to another.
Even in the desert of the sun and the valley of the gun, our troops are not deterred. The elements do not stop the best trained best prepared most lethal military in the history of the world. The US Army is on patrol in mountains and cursed land of Afghanistan.
Our brave men and women in uniform are unequaled anywhere in the world. They are an all volunteer force, educated, tenacious, and motivated. They bleed red, white and blue.
They meet and exceed any task our country sends them to accomplish with great skill and pride. They are Americas backbone. Our heroes. The best of our Nation.
Jarrett was a proud and accomplished soldier and, at just 20 years old, he was only one day away from being promoted to sergeant when he died in Afghanistan. Texas is proud to have called him a son, a soldier and a hero.
He will be remembered by his family, his friends and a grateful nation for his service.
His love of country, excellence in achievement and love of family will forever be engraved on the hearts of every life he touched.
Jarretts wife, Candice, his mother, Trena Dorsett and her husband, Donnie of La Porte, Texas, and his father, Michael Griemel and his brothers, Chase, Jason and Brandon and sister, Brianna are all a living testimony to the memory of this one brave soldiers love of life, of country and of his fellow man.
Its been said without the brave efforts of all the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines and their families this nation would not stand so boldly shine so brightly or live so freely."
SPC Jarrett Griemel was one of those soldiers an American soldier the rare breed who take care of the rest of us.
And thats just the way it is.