Sgt. Shameka N. Jones of Vidalia, Louisiana entered the Army in November 2005 as a construction equipment repairer, and was assigned to the 36th Engineer Brigade's 59th Mobility Augmentation Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, since May 2006, according to information from Fort Hood. She deployed to Iraq in November 2007 and had returned in February 2009 from a 15-month deployment to Iraq. Her awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon. She was 26.