Remembering our heritage

  • Published
  • By Senior Airman Rito Smith
  • 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

The terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, resulted in thousands of innocent lives lost and propelled our nation into a war—a war we are still fighting today in Afghanistan.

Army Spc. Jason Disney Sr., a Fallon, NV, graduate, deployed to Bagram Airfield just two months after 9/11 in support of of Operation Enduring Freedom. Disney had been in the Army for only two years at the time, but he enjoyed military life and the many challenges it presented.

Disney was a wheeled vehicle repairer and welder with the 7th Transportation Battalion’s 58th Maintenance Company (GS)/530th Supply and Service Battalion out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

His job included making improvements at Bagram Airfield before more soldiers arrived to the base. He was instrumental in establishing base improvements, including some still present at Bagram.

Only a few months after his arrival, on Feb. 13, 2002, Disney was killed in a tragic industrial welding accident.

Shortly after, Disney was eulogized in his home town as a symbol of America’s quest for global freedom as family, friends and military officials pledged to do their part to raise the young son he left behind.

During the funeral services Disney’s brother-in-law, Army Spc. Jerry Keener Jr., gave remarks.

“Someone once told me freedom is paid for with the blood of the men and women willing to fight for it,” said Keener. “If you want to really honor him, go out and enjoy your freedom today because it’s paid for.”

On the main road at Bagram Airfield was named in his honor. A display case memorializing his service and sacrifice is prominently positioned on Disney Road.

“SPC Disney was an outstanding soldier who personalized the pride and spirit of Task Force Warrior,” the display reads. “His dedication, diligence, and dogged determination mark him as one of America’s finest and are reflective of the warrior spirit and warrior pride.”