Blue Hose Nation in remembrance
The Presbyterian College community mourns today one of its own killed in action in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon has released the name of Jarrold Reeves, retired US Army colonel and a contractor, who was killed. He was a 1982 graduate of Presbyterian College. A PC statement said, “The Blue Hose Nation expresses its sincere sympathy and is praying for Jarrold's family and friends at this difficult time.”
Reeves was one of four people killed in a suicide bombing Saturday at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The Taliban, which claimed responsibility, fires rockets at Bagram from outside the bases’s perimeter. The base is near Kabul.
The latest explosion killed two American servicemen and two contractors, a report said. The blast wounded 16 American service personnel and a solider from Poland, the US Defense Department said.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, “For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple: We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.”
The Taliban said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber inside the base; and Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the insurgent group, said four months planning had gone into the attack.
A report said the suicide bomber struck about 5:30 am before soldiers were going on a fun run to celebrate Veterans Day. The bomber detonated a suicide vest.
A native of Atlanta, Reeves was a member of the PC football team.
He retired from the US Army in 2011 after 29 years of active duty service, and had worked as a contractor in Afghanistan since 2011. He was Deputy Project Manager for Logistics and Public Works for the Fluor Government Group in Afghanistan.