S.D. National Guard soldier dies In Afghanistan

Specialist Jensen, formerly of Vermillion, is victim of accident

Gov. Dennis Daugaard said today (Wednesday, Aug. 17) that a National Guard soldier serving in Afghanistan with the 200th Engineer Company died in a non-combat related accident Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Specialist Dennis G. Jensen, 21, of Sioux Falls died from injuries suffered while working with bridge materials near Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

Jensen, formerly of Vermillion, was struck by two steel bridge decking panels that fell from a forklift when a securing strap broke. He was immediately transported to Bastion Airfield Hospital and pronounced dead about 9:30 a.m. Afghanistan time. Jensen was wearing all appropriate safety gear at the time.

The accident is currently being investigated.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Specialist Dennis Jensen,” Gov. Daugaard said.  “Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends for their loss, and we offer our gratitude for Specialist Jensen’s service to our state and nation.”

The 200th Engineer Company is a multi-role bridging unit headquartered at Pierre, with detachments in Mobridge and Chamberlain. The unit deployed in May for a one-year mission to maintain, repair and replace military bridges throughout Afghanistan.

“Our most sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Spc. Jensen,” said Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, adjutant general of the South Dakota Army National Guard. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Spc. Jensen’s family, as well as all members of the 200th. The entire South Dakota National Guard family is deeply saddened by this loss.”

Jensen enlisted as a member of the 211th Engineer Company of Madison and De Smet, in which he served as a combat engineer. Jensen volunteered to deploy with the 200th as a bridge crew member in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was his first deployment.

He is survived by his mother, Christine Bestgen of Lead, father Glenn Jensen of Yankton, and sister Melissa Jensen of Minneapolis, MN.  Funeral arrangements are pending.


0 Responses to “S.D. National Guard soldier dies In Afghanistan”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

August 2011
« Jul   Sep »


RSS Plain Talk Local News

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Plain Talk Community News

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Spotted Galleries

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Dave’s Twitter

  • RT @plaintalk2: The Vermillion Tanagers finish their basketball season with a 19-7 record, defeating Crow Creek 76-54 to place 7th in the… 6 days ago
  • RT @plaintalk2: Aberdeen Roncalli defeats the Vermillion Tanagers 58-45 in State A Girls Tournament action. 1 week ago
  • RT @plaintalk2: Aberdeen Roncalli has taken control; they lead the Tanagers 43-32 after three quarters of play at the State A Girls Tourney. 1 week ago
  • RT @plaintalk2: It's halftime, and the Vermillion Tanagers are locked in a 26-26 tie with Aberdeen Roncalli in State A Girls Tournament act… 1 week ago
  • RT @plaintalk2: Schools in the Vermillion School District will remain closed Tuesday because of the winter storm. 1 week ago

%d bloggers like this: