One of the finest men I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, JLo is an amazing 18B who lives, eats and breathes weapons.  A former all-state wrestler, JLo used to throw me around the room during combatives training when I was on ODA 022, even though I outweighed him by at least 50 pounds.  I’d be flying through the air wondering what just happened, and all I would hear was his tell-tale chuckle.

If you’d like to read more about the exploits of JLo and ODA 022, The Army Times published an article titled “48 Hours in Hell,” about ODA 022 back in Afghanistan when I went back to Iraq with B/3/10 SFG (A).  On that mission JLo received the Bronze Star with V device (for Valor, a very prestigious medal) for his heroism, and I plan on writing another book about that mission soon.

JLo is still an active operator, and in his time in the Army so far has earned the Special Forces tab, Ranger tab, Airborne wings, Combat Infantryman Badge, two Bronze Stars (one with a V device), Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and many more for his exploits.  I hope that JLo becomes Sergeant Major of the Army one day, because Mother Army needs a good guy like him in charge.

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