Private First Class Jacob Henry Wykstra of Thornton, Colorado was born on 14 July 1992.  He enlisted in the United States Army in May 2013 as an 11Bravo, Infantryman.  He attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, GA.  He was assigned to Alpha Company, 1-12 Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.  He served as a Rifleman in Alpha Company, and was deployed with 1-12 Infantry to Afghanistan in January 2014 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He was assigned to the Area Reaction Force in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan as part of his mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His awards included the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation MEdal, Army Good Conduct Medal National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.


His family released the following statement after his death:
Jake was a faithful and loving husband, son, brother and friend. Words cannot express our sorrow at this time. Jake always lit up a room with his smile and goofy sense of humor. Those he served with have said that no matter how difficult the situation, he had the ability to find the humor and good in it. We are proud to have raised a son who was willing to serve his country and fight for freedom and those who couldn’t fight for themselves. He was a sweet, perfect husband who loved his wife with all his heart. His piercing blue eyes and contagiouis smile will be sorely missed. We want to express sincere gratitude for all the thoughts and prayers as we celebrate his life.
We have all been so surprised and impressed this week by just how many lives Jake touched in his 21 short years.  He was an amazing kid, a wonderful husband and a damn good person and soldier. The Army helped shape Jake into the strong, caring man that he was and our family has been so touched by the level of respect, admiration, care and appreciation that the US Army has demonstrated during this painful process. We have a new found appreciation for all the men and women who serve this country.  We will love and miss Jake always….he is gone but not forgotten.




16/12/8/4/2 of:
-Front squats (40% 1st round, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80% of 1 rep max.  Not to exceed your ability to clean the bar well).
-Bar Facing Burpees
-Kb Swings (70/55)
**After round of 12 and  2, run 400m with a slam ball.**