Company G3/H1 June 11, 1976 – June 03, 2005
CPT Jason Gonzalez was killed during a home invasion in Harker Heights, TX. Jason was the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, part of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood. An Apache helicopter pilot, Jason had served in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Korea before being assigned at Fort Hood in April, 2005. He was preparing to go to Iraq in January. He is survived by his beloved wife and children.
In October of 2008, members of the United States Military Academy’s Class of 1998 stood together at their 10th reunion, reminiscing about their first decade as members of “The Long Gray Line.” Their lives had changed inextricably in that short span – they had left West Point in May of 1998 with the class motto “Duty Will Not Wait,” perhaps not fully realizing what the profession of arms would mean to them. Ten short years later, these classmates had deployed all over the world – to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, and other places less known. Many had seen combat. All had lost friends and classmates in the process. As such, the class adopted a new motto for their reunion: “Duty Did Not Wait.”