Brent Allen McJennett
Mt Clemens, Michigan
November 17, 2003
Also served in the US Army at Fort Leonard Wood.. Persian Gulf
|Died Tikrit, Iraq, when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device. Brent had been in the army 16 years serving in Korea,Germany and Kuwait during the 1991 Persian Gulf war. He left the army and completed college. He was working for Proactive Communications Inc. of Killeen at the time of his death. The son of Antonio and Donna McJennett, he graduated from East Detroit High School. Survived by wife Dawn McJennett, and children Aaron and Samantha.|
|Cove man identified as civilian killed in Iraq
By Debbie Stevenson
Killeen Daily Herald
A local company Wednesday confirmed the death of a Copperas Cove man this week in Iraq.
Brent McJennett, a 40-year-old Desert Storm veteran, was working for Proactive Communications Inc. of Killeen when he was killed late Monday after his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device in Tikrit.
McJennett was a network support specialist who had volunteered to install, commission and support satellite ground stations to provide Internet and telephone service for the soldiers of Task Force Ironhorse, company officials said Wednesday. McJannett had just finished a job and was traveling in an Army vehicle between Tikrit and Baqouba when the attack occurred.
"We are saddened by the death of Brent," said Marc Legare, the company's business manager. "He was a terrific worker, very enthusiastic and brought a terrific breadth of skills to the company."
Born Dec. 12, 1962, in Mount Cleens, Mich., McJennett graduated from East Detroit High School in 1981. He then enlisted in the Army, where he worked with numerous communications devices and Mobile Subscriber equipment.
During his 16 years in the Army, he was sent to Korea, Germany and also to Kuwait during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. His last assignment was at Fort Hood in 1998.
McJennett left the Army to enroll in college..........
McJennett also became a regular participant in the Killeen Daily Herald's online chat room for military issues. During those communications, McJennett debated hot topics, and announced his departure for Iraq.
His final message on Nov. 9 from Iraq told "the regulars" he had made it.
"It's Dodge City here," he wrote. "Hello to all the regulars that remember me."
According to the company news release, McJennett loved motorcycles, especially his V Star 1100, and he was an active member of the Texas Chisholm Trail, a component of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club. He remained connected to his military friends through Web sites such as the Korean War Project and the 143rd Signal Battalion......
Although he was only in Iraq for a few days, Legare said McJennett was enthusiastic about his Iraq mission.
"He was exceptionally motivated in his support for the soldiers of Task Force Ironhorse," Legare said. "In our last communication with him, he said he was very thankful to serve soldiers again."
McJennett's military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (fourth award), the Good Conduct Medal (third award), the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.
Legare said the company is committed to continued support for McJennett's family.
McJennett is survived by his wife and his 4-year-old son; his 17-year-old daughter Samantha; his brother, Antonio McJennett Jr., and sister, Renee Kemplay; and his parents, Donna and Antonio McJennett Sr., who reside in Chesterfield Township, Mich.
According to messages on the Herald's Web site, plans are being made for a funeral for McJennett either Friday or Saturday in Michigan.
(Our prayers go out to the family of Brent McJennett. Brent died with CW3 Alexander Coulter of 124th Signal Battalion, 4ID on 17 November. Brent and the chief were moving from site to site working on the ground stations, which provide the low rate telephone service the soldeirs are using).
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