It is with deepest sympathy that I announce the death of Sergeant First Class Issac Lawson, age 35, on 5 June 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq. He died as a result of injuries received when his vehicle struck an IED just north of New Baghdad. Sergeant First Class Lawson is survived by his wife Suzette, daughters; Chiara, Krystal and Andrea and stepsons Dominick T. Whitaker and Curtis Goldwire.
Sergeant First Class Lawson enlisted in the United States Army on 15 March 1990 and served until 24 February 2001, for a net active service 10 years, 2 months and 24 days. During this period Sergeant First Class Lawson was an Armor Crewman. He was an excellent soldier, as evidenced by numerous awards and commendations. After completion of his active duty and taking a civilian break, he joined the California Army National Guard on 9 November 2002. Sergeant First Class Lawson deployed with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 49th Military Brigade to Iraq on 16 July 2005 to further serve his country.
As a member of the 49th Military Police Brigade, Sergeant First Class Lawson impressed others with his professionalism and experience. His awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal w/bronze OLC (3rd), Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOTSM), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Nato Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (KU), California Service Medal and the California Commendation Medal.