Jason M. West grew up in Crafton, PA and attended Carlynton High School. As a child he enjoyed playing army, being outdoors, and participating in sports such as football, baseball, and golf.
Jason was a leader from the start who enjoyed socializing with friends and family. He enjoyed cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. Jason also had a love for cooking and loved to show off his talent whenever he could, especially during BBQ's.
Jason graduated from Slippery Rock University with a BSBA in Human Resources and a minor in Leadership in 2002.
He was an active member of the U.S. Army out of high school as well as SRU’s Army ROTC program. Jason's first tour of duty serving Operation Iraqi Freedom while he was stationed in Germany was in Baghdad, Iraq as a tank platoon leader serving with the 1-37 Bandit unit. His second tour sent him to Ramadi, Iraq where he helped train Iraqi Soldiers with the 1st Armored Division.
On July 24, 2006, Jason, 28, was killed in action when he encountered enemy fire.