FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – A U.S. Army soldier from Festus, Mo., was remembered by the U.S. Army Military Police School and Regiment during a range dedication ceremony April 3, 2013 at the Protective Service Range 13 on Fort Leonard Wood.
The range was named in honor of Staff Sgt. James Ide V, a military working dog handler, who was assigned to the 230th MP Company, 95th MP Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command.
Protective Service Range 13, a military police training range, is named and dedicated to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James R. Ide, a military working dog handler, assigned to the 230th Military Police (MP) Company, 95th MP Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, during a ceremony at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., April 3, 2013. Ide was killed after his unit came under fire from insurgents in August 2010, in Hyderabad, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Michael Curtis)
In April 2010, Ide and his military working dog were deployed to Afghanistan with the task of detecting improvised explosive devices in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Ide died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire Aug. 29, 2010.
Brig. Gen. Mark Inch, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant, spoke to Ide's family and said that drill sergeants and instructors will pay tribute to the life of their husband and son by using him as an example and role model for soldiers who come to train here.
Inch said that Ide's completion of 300 combat patrols is significant in demonstrating his character, competence and commitment, not just for hundreds and thousands, but tens of thousands of soldiers who will draw upon his legacy.
Inch thanked Ide's parents for how they raised their son, and Ide's wife and children for the sacrifices they have made.
During the ceremony, Capt. Joshua Larson, former company commander for the 230th MP Company, described Ide as a disciplined soldier, a confident noncommissioned officer, and a caring military working dog handler.
There is no better person, role model, and soldier to memorialize than Jimmy, he said.
He was a combat veteran, recipient of the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, a leader, a man of God, and a man that lived by setting the example, Larson said.
“I see his name every morning when I wake up, and I see his name every night when I go to sleep,” he said. “I will never forget my promise to never forget him, and so after today, we as a regiment, we as an Army, will not forget him either.”
Ide's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device.
Ide is survived by his wife Mandy, and two children, who were able to adopt Ide's military working dog after she was retired from service.
The Protective Service Range 13 is part of the Special Operations Range Complex on Fort Leonard Wood. The complex is designed for advanced law enforcement and specialized anti-terrorism training activities.
By U.S. Army Marti Yoshida
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