Originally Published: January 10, 2018 5 a.m.
WIESBADEN, Germany -- A U.S. Army Soldier serving as part of NATO's Kosovo Forces died at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Saturday. The death is currently under investigation.
Spc. Robert W. Jones, 21, of Vail, Arizona, was a Military Police Working Dog Handler assigned to the 131st Military Working Dog Detachment, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade.
"Spc. Robert Jones was a remarkable Soldier," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Searl, 709th Military Police Battalion commander. "He volunteered to serve his nation and we mourn his tragic loss. Spc. Jones and his family will always be members of the Warrior Battalion. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time."
Jones joined the Army in August 2015 and attended Army Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, followed by Advanced Individual Training at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas. He was assigned to the 18th Military Police Brigade in April 2016.
Jones' awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (Kosovo) and German Marksmanship Badge.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to honor the life of Specialist Jones.
Flags will also be flown at half-staff on the day of his interment, which will be communicated as soon as possible.
“Our state’s deepest condolences, prayers and sympathies are with Specialist Jones’s family and loved ones,” said Governor Ducey. “We mourn the loss of this brave young soldier at just 21 years old, serving in the NATO force in Kosovo. We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice in defense of America and our freedoms.”