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Navy Lt. Jeffrey A. Ammon

Died May 20, 2008 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

37, of Orem, Utah; assigned to the Commander Navy Region Northwest, Bangor, Wash., and was serving in Afghanistan as a member of Provincial Reconstruction Team Ghazni; died May 20 in Aband District, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device.

Bangor Navy engineer killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press

BANGOR, Wash. — A nuclear submarine engineer has been killed by a homemade bomb in Afghanistan, where he was working with a reconstruction team by making small businesses loans.

The Defense Department says 37-year-old Lt. Jeffrey Ammon died Tuesday from injuries sustained while working with the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Ghazni.

He was attached to Navy Region Northwest at Bangor, where a spokesman, Sean Hughes, says Ammon had been in Afghanistan 14 months.

Ammon enlisted in the Navy in 1988 in Orem, Utah, and had been an engineer on the Bangor-based submarine Alabama.

As an individual augmentee, Ammon was supporting the military’s economic mission in Afghanistan by making micro loans to small businesses.

Hughes says Ammon’s wife and two children will hold a private funeral service.

Navy Lt. Jeffrey A. Ammon remembered

The Associated Press

In Afghanistan, Jeffrey A. Ammon worked to rebuild economic infrastructure through micro-loans. He helped small businesses with restocking, buying business equipment, repairing damage to shops and hiring employees.

“He felt like he was making a difference,” said his mother, Kathleen Ammon. “He really wanted to try a little bit longer to make a difference.”

Ammon, 37, of Orem, Utah, died May 23 of wounds suffered from an explosive in the Aband District. He was attached to Commander Navy Region Northwest and was on his second tour.

While in the Navy, he earned a degree in 2001 in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University. He enlisted in the Navy in 1988 and spent years as an engineer aboard the nuclear submarine Alabama.

Ammon was a loving, caring man who loved going hiking and camping and the outdoors, said Jim Edwards, Ammon’s brother-in-law.

Ammon was also a creative thinker whose hobbies were Lego building projects and computers, Edwards said.

“Give him a box of Legos and he could build you anything,” he recalled.

He is survived by a wife and two children.

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