The Army Reserve memorialized a fallen warrior today at the dedication ceremony of the Spc. Jameson L. Lindskog U.S. Army Reserve Center at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin, Calif.
A crowd of more than 100 attended the ceremony honoring the 23-year-old Soldier from Pleasanton killed in action March 29, 2011 while serving as a combat medic with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan.
Spc. Lindskog demonstrated not only technical competency and commitment to duty in his actions, but superior personal courage,” said Brig. Gen. Joseph Marsiglia, commanding General of the Army Reserve Medical Readiness and Training Command, the host of the event.
“He personified the ethos of military medical professionals, continuing a long history of courage on the battlefield by medical service members in hazardous conditions.”
Lindskog’s unit was ambushed while conducting clearance operations in Marawara District of the Kunar Province. He rushed to the aid of three injured teammates, exposing himself to enemy fire. While treating a wounded Afghan National Army soldier, Lindskog was struck by an enemy round that lodged in his chest.
Despite being mortally wounded, for 30 minutes Lindskog calmly instructed another Soldier on how to administer first aid to himself and other injured teammates before succumbing to his wounds. His efforts stabilized both a U.S. and Afghan National Army casualty until a MEDEVAC arrived.
Lt. Col. Joseph V. Da Silva the current commander of the battalion in which Lindskog served, expressed that the legacy of the young Soldier's heroism remains with those that serve in the unit today.
“The Soldiers of Spc. Lindskog’s battalion live by the motto of ‘No Slack’, which encompasses - No breather from work, No relief from combat, and No request for respite,” said Da Silva. “Jameson lived this motto in his spirit, character, and his actions. He embodied the phrase -so others may live.”
Lindskog was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal, the Armed Forces third-highest military decoration for valor in combat, for his actions.
As a youth, Lindskog split his time between the homes of his mother, Donna Walker, in Pleasanton and his father, Curtis Lindskog, in Livermore. He joined the Army in 2008.
The building that now memorializes Lindskog is the home of the Regional Training Site- Medical. It is one of three Army Reserve platforms responsible for training and testing the readiness of doctors, nurses, combat medics, and other medical specialists from all services in the Department of Defense to assure they are prepared to deliver vital medical capabilities to the joint force, and capable of continuing the legacy that Lindskog and his predecessors have set.
Maj. Gen. Jonathan Woodson, commander of the Army Reserve Medical Command was the guest speaker at the event.
“Service Members who train at this RTS-Med site will be reminded of the standard that medical Soldiers strive for while training and deploying in support of our Nation,” said Woodson.
“Medical warriors, like Spc. Lindskog, will test their technical skills, tactics and procedures, so they are prepared to run toward the fight and aid fellow Soldiers when the call for MEDIC is heard on the battlefield.”
The ceremony was attended by many dignitaries including a representative from the office of Rep. Eric Swalwell, who shared a proclamation that the official had read on the floor of the current congressional session. Mayor Melissa Hernandez, Dublin, Calif., and Mayor Karla Brown, Pleasanton, Calif., also made comments to the audience that included several Gold Star Families from the local area, and members of Lindskog’s family, including his father and stepmother, Curtis and Jo Lindskog, and his aunt Candace Lindskog.
The Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, sub instillation of Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon, Calf., is a premier academic institution, military intelligence facility, and battlefield simulation center that supports military readiness for both the Army Reserve and the entire Joint Force. The Spc. Jameson L. Lindskog Reserve Center has six training rooms with hospital beds, simulated patients, an intensive care unit, and a pharmacy.