Service today at Fort Lewis for man killed in Afghanistan

An Army sergeant first class with Fort Lewis ties and South Sound family connections will be honored on post today after being killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Sgt. 1st Class Jason Omar Bradley Hickman died Jan. 7 after enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, according to a Department of Defense news release.

The attack occurred at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana in Afghanistan, where Hickman was serving with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, out of Fort Richardson, Alaska. Hickman, 35, was previously assigned to Fort Lewis, where he met his wife, Tiffany. The couple married in 2002.

His memorial service will be held at the main post chapel on Fort Lewis at noon today.

Tiffany Hickman said Friday that she’s now moving back to the Tacoma area, where her parents still live. The couple have three sons: Hayden, 6, Landon, 5, and Clayton, 2.

She said her husband was a leader who cared tremendously for the soldiers he served with.

“He always told me that if somebody didn’t come home, it would be him, because he’d make sure all of his soldiers would come back safe,” Tiffany Hickman said. “He was amazing.”

Originally from Kingsport, Tenn., Hickman joined the Army in April 1999 and served one tour in Iraq before his deployment to Afghanistan. He is one of 28 reported U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan so far this year.

A memorial fund is being set up for Tiffany Hickman and her sons at Wells Fargo Bank.

Melissa Santos: 253-552-7058