Jared Moore: The price of freedom and a mother's love

Courtesy/Teresa Moore U.S. Air Force Pilot Major Jared Moore’s service photo provided by his mother Teresa L. Moore, of Torrington.

TORRINGTON – U.S. Air Force Pilot Major Jared Moore’s family said their son exemplifies what it means to be a military service member and their message to the community about Veterans Day is knowing a veteran's story and sacrifices; a message of a mothers love to her soldier son.

Moore is currently stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf in Richardson, Alaska and has been in the service since 2007.

Jared D. Moore was born in Torrington to Larry and Teresa Moore; he has one brother, Jason.

“He attended Torrington schools graduating with honors,” Teresa Moore wrote. “He then graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a BS (Bachelors of Science) in Aviation and competed on their Flying Team.”
Adding. “Later, he received an MA (Masters) in Aviation Education.

Jared joined the Air Force in 2007 through the Officer Training School and earned several ranks over the years including his current rank of Major in 2017.

“He is stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska where he is serving in the U.S. Air Force as a Traditional Guardsman with the Alaska Air National Guard,” Moore wrote. “He is a Lead Air Drop Instructor Pilot with over 4500 hours in the C-17A, which includes 1200 plus combat hours and has earned several air medals.”

The C-17A is used for transporting military troops and cargo throughout the world. It can operate out of small austere airfields as well as airdrop supplies to Forward Operating Bases. The range of the C-17A is nearly unlimited, as it can be air to air refueled during flight.

“Jared was previously stationed in South Carolina, Alaska, and Canada,” Teresa stated. “His military tours of duty have been Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Inherent Resolve. He was also a Foreign Exchange Officer flying with the Royal Canadian Air Force and served in several Canadian Military Operations in the Artic, Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe.”

Jared has been employed full time by UPS as a Boeing 747 worldwide freight pilot since 2019.

Moore’s mother, Teresa, shared the honors he has earned so far. Those include: Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters; Aerial Achievement Medal; Air and Space Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster: Air and Space Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters: Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster: Combat Readiness Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters: National Defense Service Medal: Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Service Stars: Global War on Terrorism: Expeditionary Medal with 2 Service Stars: Global War on Terrorism Service Medal: Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal: Air and Space Overseas Service Ribbon Long with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters: Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters: Air and Space Longevity Service Award with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters: and the Air and Space Training Ribbon.

Some non-article 5 NATO Medals Moore has received include: Alaska Governor's Distinguished Unit Citation and the Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Distinguished Graduate.

Teresa told the Telegram she is “exceptionally proud of the man he is and has become while in the military – and that he is like his other military family members who all also strived to put country, community and family above himself.”

Due to his deployment, Jared Moore was unavailable for an interview with the Telegram, however, his mother spoke to him and sent back this message, “He would say to honor, respect and understand what our U.S. Military and Veterans go through in their careers and when they transition back into civilian life.”

Teresa said the best way the community can support and honor all military and veterans is by knowing their stories, their accomplishments and where they served.

“It’s hard being the family member and mother of a service member, but – it’s also a great honor to know they put so much love and attention into their service – we are so proud of Jared and his career,” Teresa added.

When asked what Veterans Day means to them, Teresa said, “honor, commitment, duty and country – we as Americans can do better at remembering why they served or still serve – they fight for our freedom so we don’t have to, it’s the price we all pay.”

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