A US soldier who was killed in a rollover crash at Camp Buehring in Kuwait on May 25 has been identified as 20-year-old Specialist Jayson Reed Haven. The accident occurred in a non-combat situation, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a press release.
Who was Spc. Jayson Reed Haven?
Spc. Jayson Reed Haven was from Aiken, South Carolina. He was 20 years old.
He joined the US Army in January 2020. He then attended one station unit training at Fort Benning, Georgia, WYFF reported.
“Spc. Haven was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Charleston, South Carolina,” the press release said.
The 20-year-old was serving in Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
“There are no words that can adequately express how deeply saddened I am at the loss of one of our own. SPC Jayson R. Haven was more than just a member of the South Carolina National Guard; he was family,” Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, adjutant general, South Carolina, told WYFF.
“As the Adjutant General, it is impossible for me not to feel this loss on a personal level. Soldiers and their families are the fabric that holds our South Carolina Military Department together. There is nothing that I can say or offer to the family of SPC Haven but know my thoughts and prayers and that of a great many South Carolinians are with you. You are not alone in grieving; we are with you,” he told the outlet.
Spc. Haven received several awards, including Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
He also won the Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.