Southwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County, Indiana, in collaboration with The Indianapolis Chapter of the Special Forces Association is hosting a memorial dedication and unveiling for former student athlete, Jeremy R. Wright, Southwestern High School (Class of 1992) at 1:30 pm Friday.
Wright was the senior class president and salutatorian.
Jeremy was a highly decorated student athlete in track and field and cross country. He still holds multiple school records and remains the only student athlete in the school’s history to be a state champion. He later went on to run cross country and track for Wabash College (Class of 1996) where he was a two-time All American, and won seven Independent College Athletic Conference Championships, and the Division 2 Great Lakes Regional Title in 1993.
Wright was also a three-time member of the U.S. Mountain Running Team and was the Indiana state high school champion in the 3,200-meter run.
Upon graduation, Jeremy joined the US Army and became a United States Army Special Forces soldier. While serving with the Green Berets, Sergeant Wright was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005.
Sgt. Wright, 31, was a Special Forces communications sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was killed in action while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on Jan. 3, 2005, when the enemy IED exploded near his Ground Mobility Vehicle during operations in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan.
A native of Shelbyville, Ind., Wright enlisted in the Army in November 2001 under the service’s then brand-new Special Forces Recruiting Initiative, a program that enables civilian recruits to volunteer to attend the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course shortly after their completion of Initial Entry Training as infantrymen.
Previously, only currently serving Soldiers could volunteer to attend SFAS.
After entering the Army in April 2002, he completed infantry and airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., and in August 2002 was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C. Wright attended SFAS in September 2002 and was selected to continue his training as a communications sergeant in the Special Forces Qualification Course.
Wright began the Thai Language Course in November 2003 and completed the SFQC in July 2004 after completing the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course at Fort Bragg.
He was assigned to the 1st SFG in August 2004.
His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab.
Wright’s monument will be unveiled on Southwestern’s campus near the Jeremy Wright Athletic Complex. This unveiling will be done in conjunction with the Indianapolis Chapter of the Special Forces Association (SFA). The Special Forces Association serves as the voice for the Special Forces community, advances the public image of Special Forces and promotes the general welfare of current and former members of the 1st Special Forces Regiment.
Wright is survived by his father, Dale Wright, of Flat Rock, Ind., and his mother, Jacquelyn Nickel, of Shelbyville, Ind.