A former member of the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center staff, Army Staff Sergeant Jason Russo, died April 2, 2010 while on his way home from work as a corrections officer in Orlando, Florida.
Before moving back to the U.S. to be closer to his family, SSG Russo served for two years at LRMC as an LNO for the 316th and 3d ESCs. In his capacity as a Liaison, he tracked nearly 2000 Wounded Warriors - meeting them upon arrival at Landstuhl, guiding them through their stay, making sure they had everything they needed, talking with them, providing a flow of information to both their Rear Detachments back home and their COs downrange, and, when necessary, assisting their family members flown to Germany.
He touched many thousands of lives, smoothing the way during a time of extreme stress and uncertainty.
"The Army has lost a very dedicated, loyal and honorable NCO", said former LRMC colleague 1LT Chris Kolbosky.
During his military career SSG Russo received many decorations including a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq prior to being stationed at Landstuhl. He was also a first responder to the Pentagon on 9/11, helping to identify the victims.
Godspeed Jason, you will be missed. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences are with your family.