It is with deepest sympathy that the California National Guard announces the death of Sergeant Rhys William Klasno, age 20, on
13 May 2007, in Al Asad, Iraq. Sergeant Klasno was in a M978 HEMTT Tanker when the vehicle was struck by an IED. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie A. Klasno; mother, Andrea L. Jardinico and father, Michael Klasno.
Sergeant Klasno was born in Orange, California and enlisted in the California Army National Guard on 12 March 2004 as a member of Troop F, 1st Squadron 18th Cavalry in Los Alamitos, California. Sergeant Klasno was attached to the 3rd Cadet Company at Camp San Luis Obispo and reported to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for Basic Training in July 2004. On 27 September 2004, Sergeant Klasno completed Basic Training and reported to Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, for Advanced Individual Training (AIT). During this period Sergeant Klasno was awarded Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 89B10 (Ammunition Specialist). Sergeant Klasno was released from AIT on 9 December 2004 and advanced to Private First Class (PFC). On 10 June 2005, he was advanced to Specialist. Sergeant Klasno was attached to the 1114th Transportation Company in Bakersfield, California, in December 2005 and in February 2006 he was relieved from attachment and assigned to Company A, 3/140th Aviation S&S Battalion. Sergeant Klasno was again attached to the 1114th Transportation Company and in March 2005, he was reassigned to Detachment 1, Company A, 3/140th Aviation S&S Battalion. On 11 April 2006, Sergeant Klasno was reassigned to the 1114th Transportation Company as a Heavy Vehicle Driver, MOS 88M10 and on 27 April 2006, he was ordered to duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sergeant Klasno was posthumously promoted to Sergeant on 13 May 2007. Sergeant Klasno’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and California Drill Attendance Ribbon.