FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – A Soldier from Festus, Mo., is being remembered by the 14th Military Police Brigade and Fort Leonard Wood during a range dedication ceremony that is planned for 10 a.m. April 3 at the Protective Service Range 13.
The range will be named in honor of Staff Sgt. James Ide V who was assigned to the 230th MP Company, 95th MP Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command.
In April 2010, Ide and his military working dog, Daphne, were deployed to Afghanistan with the task of detecting improvised explosive devices in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Ide died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire Aug. 29, 2010.
Ide and Daphne completed more than 300 combat patrols.
Ide’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device.
Ide is survived by his wife Mandy, and two children, who were able to adopt Daphne after she was retired from service.
The Protective Service Range 13 is part of the Special Operations Range Complex on Fort Leonard Wood. This complex is designed for advanced law enforcement and special antiterrorism training activities.