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Warrior Transition Brigade mourns loss of soldier

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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 4:30 am

Warrior Transition Brigade soldiers, family and friends celebrated the life of Capt. Jeremy Linn during a memorial ceremony April 30 at the 73rd Street Chapel.

Linn, who was assigned to Community-Based Warrior Transition Unit-Arkansas, died April 8 from a terminal illness.

“Capt. Linn was an exemplary military police officer. He was a mission-first soldier — a lethal, focused package of competence,” said Lt. Col. Roberto Marin, WTB’s executive officer. “Whether on dangerous missions on patrol in Iraq or on the mountains of Afghanistan, Linn was a leader to the core. He had an indomitable spirit.”

Linn’s company commander, Capt. Kanika Haynes, praised Linn for his mission-first attitude.

“The challenges he faced were very difficult and tiresome, yet Capt. Linn remained positive and faced his challenges with strength and courage,” she said. “He was a model soldier who lived the Army values despite his condition,” adding that even in his sickness, he maintained his arms, his equipment and himself.

“He stood ready to deploy, engage and destroy the enemy in close combat,” she said. “He was a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.”

Maj. Robert Crutchfield, who was Linn’s nurse case manager, illustrated Linn’s warrior spirit, especially in his battle against death, with a quote from the late Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf: “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

“I believe Capt. Linn exemplified that quote daily,” Crutchfield said. “He went into battle, and was willing to fight, adding that he never questioned, but “bravely fought and endured” through all the treatments and hardships. “Even in his last days he continued to amaze me with his sense of duty to his family and his country. I am thankful to have known such a person, such a man, and such an Army officer. God bless Capt. Linn as he has blessed those of us who were fortunate enough to know him.”

Linn, who was from Kansas, deployed twice to combat zones. In 2008, he deployed with the 99th Regional Readiness Support Command to Iraq. In 2010 he deployed to Afghanistan with 162nd Infantry Brigade.

In bidding farewell to the 33-year-old military policeman, Capt. Raphael Eke, chaplain, gave a message of hope encouraged those in attendance to “wipe away our tears.”

“St. Paul tells us that it is good to weep with those who weep, but we should not grieve like people without hope; however, that does not mean that our hope can give us an escape from the sadness of death because we believe that in our sorrow and pain, lies the reality that our comrade is in the hands of God,” he said. “Let us wipe away our tears with the hope that the lord will grant him a new life in his heavenly kingdom.”

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