JaQuan Michael Reece


Trp G 2/278* ACR

MAY 30, 2020

JaQuan Michael Reece was born on March 3, 2001 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Reece moved to Gwinnett County, GA to live with his mother Yolanda Reece. Reece attended Collins HIll High School his junior/senior year and he excelled in wrestling as a state qualifier and as a safety on the state qualifying football team. Reece enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard on July 09, 2019, a a 19K M1 Abrams Armor Crewman. He left for Basic Combat Training on September 18, 2019 at Fort Benning, GA. Upon completion of Basic Training, he was sent to his Advanced Individual Training on Oct 17, 2019, to become MOS qualified for his job position. 

During his time of training he was awarded the Armor and Cavalry Leadership Award on January 30, 2020, for his meritorious achievement. Reece’s leadership and dedication to duty are in keeping with the finest traditions of Armor and Cavalry and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army. Also on this day, Private Reece was promoted to Private First Class for his excellent skills and leadership. PFC Reece was awarded the National Defense Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon at the completion of training. Reece graduated AIT with a 319 APFT score and was awarded the Army Physical Fitness Badge! Reece received a Certificate of Achievement form E cO, 1* BN, 81* ARMOR REGIMENT for his meritorious achievement for scoring the highest on the Physical Fitness Test in class 19-010. 

Upon his return, PFC Reece was awarded the Tennessee National Guard INdividual Achievement Ribbon for the distinction of impeccable Military bearing, professionalism, and attention to detail while attending the Recruit Sustainment Program in Clinton, Tennessee. Reece was battle handed off to his unit Trp G 2/278* ACR in Crossville, TN. On Saturday, May 30th, 2020, his life was taken by a drive by shooting in Knoxville, TN. The world paused on this day for his family and friends, Reece was always full of life and continuously had the drive of 10 soldiers. During his 19years on this earth, he touched and inspired many lives. PfC JaQuan Michael Reece will truly be missed and never forgotten. Rest easy Soldier! Til Valhalla brother!





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