|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1972|
Santa Cruz County
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 2003, Iraq|
Navy Lt. Jones-Huffman was assigned to temporary duty with the I Marine Expeditionary Force. Jones-Huffman made two trips to Iraq. During the second one he was in the passenger seat of an SUV caught in a congestion of vehicles and people in Al-Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, when a gunman approached him and opened fire. The shooter escaped into a crowded market. Jones-Huffman was rushed to the Forward Resuscitation Surgical System at Camp Babylon, where he was declared dead. Kylan attended Popper-Keizer School, a school for gifted children. In 1990, he graduated from York School in Monterey, where he ran track and field, played soccer, served on the student council and was a delegate to the Junior States of America. Kylan graduated in 1994 from the Naval Academy, and then earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Maryland. Kylan was released from active duty in August 2001, but stayed in the reserves. He worked for naval criminal investigations in Washington, D.C., and also taught the history of ancient Greece and Nazi Germany at the Naval Academy. His goal was to earn a doctorate and become a teacher. From his years as a gifted high school student to his time as a naval officer Kylan was described as a “go-to guy” - a person who gladly accepted any difficult challenge and tackled it. He was a specialist in Mideastern affairs when he was recalled to active duty for the war in Iraq. He was stationed in Bahrain, but was in Iraq briefing incoming civil affairs personnel trying to set up a government in the southern part of the country. As an Arabic speaker and terrorism expert, Kylan was a valuable addition to the intelligence department. He was in southern Iraq shortly after the fall of Baghdad, meeting with local ethnic factions and helping local coalition forces gain an understanding of the situation. In the department, Kylan earned the nickname “The Machine” for his ability to analyze large amounts of information. He was fluent in Arabic, Farsi, French and German. Kylan taught himself Farsi while stationed in the Persian Gulf to better communicate with the Iranian navy units his ship would encounter. Kylan wrote poetry, studied martial arts, loved Kipling, had an insatiable curiosity, and read everything he could get his hands on. In addition to pursuing his own military career, he studied poetry and had hoped to become a professor of literature. Kylan is survived by his wife Heidi, his high school sweetheart.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Specifically: A memorial was held at the Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, Maryland
Created by: Brenda N
Record added: Dec 02, 2005
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