It is with deepest sympathy that I announce the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Jeffrey W. Roach at age 46, on 25 July 2012. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, CW3 Theresa Roach (presently assigned to HQ, 40th Infantry Division); two step-sons: 2LT Patrick Carrillo, U.S. Army, at Ft. Lewis, WA and Alexander Carrillo presently attending University of Redlands; uncles, Richard (Bev) Roach, Gary (Linda) Roach, Willard (Monica) Milliman, Gary (Linda) Milliman, and David (Nancy) Milliman; and aunts, Geri Rubertino, Alice (James) McGuane, Sandra (David) Ridley and Patty (Ricki) Bishop.
LTC Roach was born on 18 February 1966 in Waterloo, NY, raised in Geneva, NY and educated at Norwich University, VT, graduating in 1988. A career Infantryman, he was commissioned in the New York National Guard in 1988, moving to California and then assigned to 4-160 IN (M) as a Platoon Leader in 1991. He served in increasingly responsible M-day and AGR capacities in 4-160 IN(M), renamed as 1-160 IN(M), serving as the battalion S-3 when he departed for Command & General Staff Officers Course in 2004. His subsequent career in the CAARNG included assignments in the 2nd Brigade, 40th Infantry Division; 2nd Battalion, 185th Armor; 1st Battalion, 185th Armor; and Headquarters, 40th Infantry Division where he completed his service as the Division’s Electronic Warfare Officer. His service includes two combat deployments to Iraq as Commander, HHC/1-185 IN 2006-2007 and as Executive Officer, 1-185 AR 2008-2009 in addition to State service at the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
LTC Roach’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star) and the Order of St. Maurice (Centurion).
A public viewing will be held on Saturday 4 August 2012, from 0800-0900 at Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA followed by a memorial service at 0900 to 1030. A gravesite committal will be held with military honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego at 1400, 6 August 2012. The family asks that instead of flowers, donations be sent to the American Cancer Society’s colorectal fund in memory of LTC Jeffrey Roach.