Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Rest in Peace - Sgt. James Treber
We recently received the sad news that my friend and former JROTC comrade passed away while serving in Afghanistan.
Army Sgt. James Treber, 24, of Imperial Beach, Calif.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died June 29 in Khosrow-E Sofla, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his vehicle rolled into a canal .
James Treber's commitment to freedom, his fellow soldiers and the defense of our country will never be forgotten. James was my squad leader during our NJROTC drill team competitions, and I was his assistant squad leader at the time. Our team, under his leadership as squad leader, qualified for the JROTC National Drill Championships, but was unable to attend due to lack of funds. James was the sharpest and most competitive guy I have ever worked with. Somehow, he always made difficult challenges look easy.
A memorable moment I have of James was during a military inspection- a Marine Corps drill instructor was inspecting him and his rifle before our drill exhibition. The DI stood quiet for most of his inspection...James was always the sharpest. As I was standing next to him waiting to be inspected by the same DI, I thought, "Oh this Sergeant must be easy-going, Treber did very well." But I was mistaken. When the DI stood in front of me, I realized James had raised the bar so high, that the DI spent his sweet time dealing with me… Shortly after the verbal abuse by the DI’s, we all had a good laugh.
We will never forget you James.
Rest in Peace, Brother.