U.S. Military Renames Building in Honor of Michigan Ross Alum Killed in Action

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A National Guard Readiness Center was recently renamed in honor of Michigan Ross alum Jason George, MBA ‘04. The Fayetteville, N.C. center will now be known as the Major Jason George Center.

George was killed in action in May 2009. He was serving in Iraq when he suffered injuries from an improvised explosive device, according to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS).

George was a project officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

“The morning that George went out on patrol he told me, ‘I know why I’m here, I’m here to make a difference,’” Col. Robert H. Bumgardner, commander of the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, said to DVIDS. “Some soldiers deploy to be part of a team, some want to go on an adventure, but Maj. George wanted to make a difference in the world.”

A group of George’s Michigan Ross classmates also started a scholarship in his name in 2010.

The Jason George Service Oriented Scholarship Fund is awarded each year to Michigan Ross students who serve in areas of public service (police, fire, military, government, etc.), and have demonstrated financial need and are in good academic standing.

George racked up an incredibly impressive list of accomplishments before starting his MBA at Ross. He completed an internship with NASA as a high school student and was an Eagle Scout. He graduated West Point with an undefeated boxing record. He served eight years in the Army on active duty. After graduating in 2004, he worked as a consultant briefly before deciding to join the Army Reserves in California, where he then volunteered to deploy with the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team.

Jason’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal,  Army Achievement Medal, two National Defense Medals, Army Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, as well as posthumous Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals.

Image courtesy of the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team.