Memorial Service To Honor Former Florida State University Student Killed In Afghanistan

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Florida State University's Army ROTC Press Release

Florida State University's Army ROTC program will host a memorial service Sept. 21 for Army 2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson, a 2012 graduate of the program who was recently killed while serving on active duty in Afghanistan.

Sisson's parents, Kevin and Phyllis Sisson, are expected to attend the ceremony, where a portrait of him will be unveiled and later hung in the ROTC building. In addition, the Sissons will announce that they are giving $25,000 to the Army ROTC program to establish a foundation that will award money to a deserving ROTC cadet each year.

Other donors have provided about $7,000 to augment the award. This year's award recipient will be recognized at the event.
The memorial service will take place:

9:30 A.M.

Sisson, 23, and another soldier died June 3 in Tsamkani, Afghanistan, after their unit was attacked by a suicide bomber whose vehicle exploded near them. Both soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

When Sisson entered Florida State, his father's alma mater, he joined the National Guard because of the training opportunities it offered and he excelled, Kevin Sisson said.

Sisson majored in military science and history. Between his sophomore and junior years, he took a year off from school to be deployed to Iraq, where he rose to the rank of corporal and earned a Bronze Star for exemplary performance in the theater, his father said.

In 2011, then-Cadet Sisson led an FSU Army ROTC team to a first-place overall finish in the 2011 Ranger Challenge, a nationwide competition for Army ROTC cadets who want to prove their mettle as part of a hardworking team.

After graduating from the university, Sisson joined the Army in May 2012 and earned a Ranger Tab.