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Army Command Sergeant Major dies in South Korea

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Jeremy Sims

Command Sergeant Major Jeremy C. Sims of air defense forces in South Korea passed away just before returning home for his daughter’s graduation.

Command Sergeant Major

Sims served as the Command Sergeant Major of Combined Task Force-Defender and the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Operations. He was found deceased at Osan Air Base at 44 years old, with no foul play suspected.

Three children

Harmony Sims, Sims’ wife, shared with Task & Purpose that he was a devoted father to his three children: Kiley, 18; Leo, 16; and Connor, 12.

High school graduation

He had plans to attend Kiley’s high school graduation.

Aerospace engineer

“She’s going to go off to college,” said Harmony Sims. “She got into an aerospace engineer program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. And that was kind of her and her dad’s thing: They both loved space.”

Positions

Army Sergeant Major Jeremy C. Sims, aged 44, held the position of Command Sergeant Major for the Combined Task Force-Defender and also served as the Operations Sergeant Major for the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade for almost two years.

Medical authorities

Harmony mentioned that medical authorities are in the process of investigating the cause of Sims’ passing, while officials from the Army in Korea highlighted Sims as a highly esteemed senior figure.

A dedicated soldier

“He was a steadfast leader, dedicated soldier, and loyal friend,” according to a statement by Colonel Kevin P. Stonerook, who leads the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. “He mentored countless junior NCOs [noncommissioned officers] and soldiers, and his presence will be profoundly missed by everyone in this unit.”

A great man

“He was a great man,” Harmony Sims said. “He loved his family, loved his kids. Even being gone, he was always involved. He always called them, texted them. He loved the outdoors. He loved being in the military, serving his country.”

Two soldiers

Last month saw the loss of two soldiers in South Korea. Specialist Jaggert Oakes was discovered unresponsive in his barracks at Camp Humphreys, South Korea on Wednesday, May 14. No foul play is suspected in Oakes’ passing.

Deployments

Throughout his service in the Army, Sims had deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Joint Force, as detailed in his biography at the conclusion of an article he authored last year on the Vietnam War.

Vanderbilt University

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Colorado and a certificate in business management and strategic leadership from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

A second father

“Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Sims began as my sergeant major but became a second father to me during our time together,” Cpl. Jae Loux, command group noncommissioned officer, said in a statement. “Witnessing him impact lives both professionally and personally exemplified how great senior leaders can influence young soldiers and NCOs through actions rather than words. His work and life stand as a testament to his mentors, peers, and the future path forward.”

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  1. Lewis Tagliaferre

    June 10, 2024 at 3:54 am

    Rest in peace, sir. As a crew member on RB-36 during Korea I can only imagine the career you have completed. All in the will of Most-High GOD…

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