U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Swindle died Sept. 20th while serving in Afghanistan.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Cabot family is mourning the loss of their son. Sgt. Jason Swindle was killed while serving in Afghanistan. Sgt. Swindle was 24 years old and served three tours over sees; he was also a husband and father.
"Very outgoing, just very fun to be around," Sam Swindle reflects on what he misses most about his younger brother. "It's hard not to smile around him; it's just hard not to love him."
Swindle died Thursday while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Sam says the loss doesn't seem real, "I'm still pretty numb ya know but I have a very strong family, I thank God for my family, every day."
Sgt. Swindle leaves behind an expecting wife and a one-year-old son. The boy on the way will be named Jason Junior.
"They had the best father in the world, the best man I know, God family country that's the order, that's what he cared about he was proud to serve."
This was Swindle's third tour overseas. This deployment was supposed to be a short one. Sam says Jason left about a month ago and was expected to be home by Christmas. "He was very proud to serve; I know he went out fighting, fighting for us."
The Department of Defense reports Swindle died from injuries from an enemy small arms fire. Jason is one of three military men in his family. His father is a Marine and two of his brother's both followed Jason's footsteps and joined the military. The family has yet to make funeral arrangements, but do say they plan to have services in Beebe where his wife lives.