Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe of Tucson was among three soldiers the Defense Department has identified as being killed in a shooting this week outside a military base in Jordan in what is described as a “very tragic incident.”
The department said in a release Sunday that 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, of Lawrence, Kansas and 27-year-old Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty of Kerrville, Texas, also died Friday after the convoy they were in came under fire as it entered a Jordanian military base at Jafr.
McEnroe, 30, had more than eight years of service, according to the United States Army Special Operations Command public affairs office. He was serving his third overseas tour.
During his career, he received several awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
McEnroe was born in Colorado in 1986 and moved with his family to Tucson in 1995.
His mother Linda Frost, who lives in Tucson, said McEnroe loved to play guitar, enjoyed fashion and travel and had an “incredible sense of humor.”
“He was a little bit of a class clown in school,” Frost said. McEnroe attended Green Fields Country Day School. “When he walked into the room, he had this magnetism.”
Frost said McEnroe was already two years in at University of Colorado, Boulder, when he decided he wanted to join the Army.
“We don’t really have a military background,” Frost said. “He just said he wanted to make a difference and become a Green Beret.”
McEnroe’s brothers, Nick and Chris McEnroe live in Nashville, Tennessee. His father, Brian McEnroe lives in Florida.
The Defense Department says the soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
McEnroe’s body is being flown to Dover, Delaware, Monday, Nov. 7. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
A celebration of McEnroe’s life will be held in Tucson in January, Frost said.
In the meantime, the family asks that donations be made in memory of McEnroe to the Chapter 38, Special Forces Association at sfa38.org