Thompson to diffuse IEDs in Afghanistan News · February 01, 2013
Iowa National Guard Pvt. 1st Class Jordan Thompson of West Branch on Sunday left Ottumwa for Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas, before a tour of Afghanistan where he will find and diffuse improvised explosive devices and clear roadways.
Thompson, a 2009 graduate of West Branch High School, will serve as a battle engineer, according to his father, Troy, as part of the 833rd Engineers ó the War Pigs. His tour is set to last a year, starting with a month and a half in Texas before shipping out to Afghanistan.
Thompsonís two brothers, Tanner and Sid, are also engaged by the National Guard.
Tanner, a 2011 graduate, joined the Guard during his junior year and spent last week in Washington D.C. as one of 20 from his unit helping the Secret Service provide security detail at the presidential inauguration ceremony, Troy said. He is stationed out of Iowa City and specializes in transportation.
Sid has joined the Guard and Troy said he leaves for basic training next month. He will specialize in small arms repair.