SSG Kessler was born on April 11, 1979 in Sacramento, CA. He was a member of ROTC while attending high school at McClatchy and graduated in 1997. He worked for Vic’s Ice Cream and Q-Zar Laser Tag for many years. Anyone who knew John knows how much he loved both of those places. After high school he began working for FedEx before joining the US Army in October 2003. John was stationed at Fort Wainwright, AK, from 2004-2009 where he deployed to Iraq for 16 months with the 172nd SBCT where he drove a Stryker for now Major General Shields.
Next he was stationed at Fort Knox, KY, from 2009-2012 and was deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months with the 1-26th where he was the NCOIC for the company level intelligence group called COIS. John has been stationed at Fort Myer, VA, since 2012 with The Old Guard and was tasked with training new soldiers for memorials at Arlington National Cemetery. Whether he was driving a Stryker, collecting intel or training soldiers John always gave 110% of himself to the mission. He strived for perfection, and would accept nothing less from himself. He was a true soldier in every sense of the word.
John always had a smile on his face. He was always there to help, lend a hand or share a joke. He was a practical joker at heart and shared many a prank with friends. He loved to spend the summers BBQ'ing, smoking a cigar and enjoying a cold beer with friends and family. He was a lifelong wrestling fan and had many heated discussions with friends about what group was better, WWF or WCW. John was a valued member of our WGAS family from the very beginning, helping to produce monster truck and extreme sports events up and down the West Coast and Mexico.
He was a loving husband, an amazing father, a loyal friend, and so much more!
He will be forever missed, but never forgotten.
Tribute to Sgt. John Kessler