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Air Force Airman 1st Class Jason D. Nathan

Died June 23, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Macon, Ga.; assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England; died June 23 in Iraq of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on patrol.

IED kills airman in Iraq

Staff report

A security forces airman died Saturday in Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle, the Air Force announced Monday.

Airman 1st Class Jason D. Nathan, 22, of Macon, Ga., was on patrol at the time of the IED attack. Officials said he was on gunner duty with his squad in support of a very difficult Iraqi police transition team mission when the IED detonated.

Nathan, of the 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, was assigned in Iraq to the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Detachment 6 at Camp Speicher.

The 48th Fighter Wing at Lakenheath will conduct a memorial ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in Hangar 6.

Comrades remember airman killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

After hearing that Airman 1st Class Jason D. Nathan had died, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert Henson said he wanted to see his room, to see how he lived.

“His things were neat and orderly and a cross was in prominent display in his locker,” Henson said.

When he opened a dresser drawer, Henson said he came upon a book with a handwritten inscription, “If God is for me, who can be against me.”

Nathan, 22, of Macon, Ga., died June 23 of wounds suffered when an explosive detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to RAF Lakenheath, England.

He was a 2004 high school graduate and attended Fort Valley State University, where he planned to study criminal justice. His dream was to work for the FBI.

His mission was to train and protect Iraqi police officers.

“His days were long and hot and his missions were dangerous,” said Henson. “Nate was a warrior, a patriot and a great airman.”

“He was very eager to learn,” said Tech. Sgt. Lance Smith.

“He would come up with some questions that you wouldn’t expect from a young first-term airman.”

He is survived by his parents, Phyllis and Joe.

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