Jason George was born in Tehachapi, California. He was an Eagle Scout; interned with NASA at Edwards Air Force Base, and was appointed to West Point Military Academy after one year of study at California State University at Bakersfield. He served eight years in the Army as an Engineer, and among other accomplishments earned his Ranger tab, was a distinguished graduate of the Armor Officers Advanced Course, and deployed to Bosnia before being stationed in Savannah, Georgia.
Upon leaving Active Duty in 2002, Jason enrolled at the University of Michigan Business School, where he earned an MBA. Jason was extremely active during his time in Ann Arbor. He was one of the founding members of “The Bus,” a participant in the MBA Follies, played for the UMBS Rugby Club, served as an Admissions Ambassador as well as the Fundraising Chair for the Go Blue Rendezvous.
Jason moved to Chicago after receiving his MBA, first working for CSC and then Deloitte as a consultant. He was an Army reservist at the time, meeting his drilling obligations as an Admissions Officer for West Point.
Jason was recalled to active duty in 2009 and assigned to the 1-252nd Combined Arms Battalion. He was responsible for the promulgation of business in the 1-252nd CAB's operational environment. He intended to apply his skills as an MBA to help revitalize the local Iraqi economy, while his brothers in arms continued to target the networks that had been terrorizing the Iraqi people and Coalition Forces.
On the morning of May 21, 2009, Major Jason George and other business-minded military personnel were to meet in southern Baghdad with the leadership of the Doura Market Businessmen's Association to discuss continued revitalization of the local business community and economy. As the Soldiers were entering the appointed building, they were suddenly attacked by an individual wearing a person-borne improvised explosive device (PBIED)/suicide vest. Jason was one of three U.S. Soldiers killed, in addition to others seriously injured, including innocent local Iraqi citizens.
Jason’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, two National Defense Medals, Army Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, as well as posthumous Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals.
Courtesy of the Jason George Foundation
VFW Post 12114 Namesake,
Major Jason E. George
Jason E George
KIA May 21, 2009
Age Military Rank Unit/Location
38 Army Major 252nd Combined Arms Battalion
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Killed near Baghdad, Iraq when their unit was attacked by enemy forces using improvise explosive devices while on dismounted patrol.