Jason L. Norton

Sgt. Jason L. Norton, 32, was killed in action Jan. 22, 2006, in Taji, Iraq, when his armored Humvee was struck by an IED. He was a patrol and dog-unit NCO assigned to 3rd Security Forces Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Sgt. Norton, a patrol and K-9 officer, had been stationed in Alaska in 2002-2004. Sgt. Norton was a native of Miami, Okla., and left a wife and two children.

This is the second of several memorials that I will be placing on the Blog. I’ve personally always had trouble writing about our Handlers and Dogs who have died because I feel it can be very intrusive on the families and we certainly want to show them respect. Fortunately for me, Dennis Herrick, the editor of DOGMAN, with whom I have have shared some of my articles, did me the courtesy of sharing a gracious and respectful set of memorials with me. They will be posted on the Blog one at a time. With each posting, I hope you will remember the team, the handler’s family and friends who still mourn and the military family left to mourn a loss of their own.

With deep respect,

2 replies
  1. Dr Randall Colucci
    Dr Randall Colucci says:

    I just saw this now and I am deeply saddened by this news. I realize our servicemen are always at risk and are dying when we back home do not even realize it. It is, to me, a very upsetting event even though I am not family to these fallen heroes -human and K9. God bless and God speed.

  2. Shane Macas, SSGT (Vet.)
    Shane Macas, SSGT (Vet.) says:

    I just wanted to say TSgt Norton’s legacy is not forgotten. By happenstance I came across this article because of the recent controversy with the NFL. I was telling my father of a story regarding my time at Incirlik AFB, TUR. I was a part of an operations squadron for A-10s and as the newest NCO I was responsible for out Morale Program–flying flags and other personal items over the AOR. Upon taking over the program from the previous unit I found a request that they forgot to fly: a flag for the family of TSgt Norton. I didn’t know the story, but I’ve always took pride in my work so I reached out to the 39th SFS to find out more and when I heard the story…I provided them a flag free of charge and personally designed a certificate for the family. Made sure it was also flown on a successful combat mission. I hope the family received the flag via MWD Norton and his handler Cody, both of whom I also had the privilage of meeting and doing some bite work with. God bless them all.


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