U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ 11) this week at Picatinny Arsenal honored fallen soldier Sergeant Michael D. Kirspel, Jr., of Hopatcong, at a ceremony during which Picatinny Arsenal unveiled a plaque dedicating the Ballistic Evaluation Center in Sgt. Kirspel’s name.
Sgt. Kirspel joined the U.S. Army during his senior year at Hopatcong High School. He was a Cannon Crewmember attached to the 101st Airborne and the 10th Mountain Division, and served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Sergeant Kirspel was killed in action at the age of 23 from wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device attack in Afghanistan on October 27, 2010. Sgt. Kirspel was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his service.
"New Jersey had a proud son in Sgt. Kirspel. A patriot, in the truest sense of the term, who loved his country, his family, and his community in Sussex County," said Sherrill. "...He embodied selflessness and dedication and in his short career earned both the Army Commendation Medal with Valor and the Army Achievement Medal...I hope that with this dedication, all those who enter into this building will remember Sgt. Kirspel’s commitment to our country, and the important work done here at Picatinny to keep our soldiers safe in the field."
allistic Evaluation Center at Picatinny Arsenal
Hopatcong Councilwoman Dawn Roberts, Sgt. Kirspel’s mother, cuts the ribbon for the Ballistic Evaluation Center at Picatinny Arsenal