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Colorado National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan 
By Air National Guard Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral 
Jon Stiles 
Then-Spc. Jon Stiles, a member of the Colorado National Guard Honor Guard, performs honors during the annual Salute to the Union ceremony in Denver, July 4, 2007. (CONG archives)

On Nov. 13, 2008, Sgt. Jon L. Stiles, 38, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., was killed in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during a route-clearing mission.  

Stiles, a Soldier from Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery, was augmenting the 927th Engineer Company, 769th Engineer Battalion (Sapper), Louisiana Army National Guard. 

He was mobilized for Afghanistan in March 2008. 

Stiles was also a member of the Colorado Army National Guard State Honor Guard.  He was a former U.S. Marine and served on active duty in the U.S. Army prior to enlisting in the Colorado Army National Guard.

He was posthumously promoted to sergeant.

11/7/2015