Fallen Kingsport soldier to be honored at Coke 600

Johnson City Press • May 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM

The name of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Jason Omar Bradley Hickman of Kingsport will be featured on the No. 22 Ford of Joey Logano as part of a special Memorial Day weekend tribute during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

It’s part of 600 Miles of Remembrance, the names of U.S. Armed Forces members who sacrificed their lives for their country will be displayed on the windshields of each of the 40 NASCAR Cup Series cars in the race.

SFC Hickman joined the Army in 1999. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he met his wife, Tiffany, and married in 2002. He served at Fort Bragg, N.C., and was deployed in Feb. 2003. He returned home safely and then began recruiting duty in Wisconsin.

After nearly three years of recruiting duty, SFC Hickman reenlisted and was stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. In February 2009, he was deployed to Afghanistan for one year as platoon sergeant. In January 2010, he was killed by an IED weeks before returning home.

He never stopped saying that if he died on a deployment, it would be doing something he loved. SFC Hickman earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart along with many other awards throughout his career. He and Tiffany welcomed their first son, Hayden, in September 2003 then Landon in December 2004 and Clayton in 2007.

His son Landon is a big Joey Logano fan, and wrote a letter to Joey around Christmas time to thank him for an autograph and only mentioned that he hoped to attend the Coca-Cola 600 one day to see the soldiers’ names on the cars. From there, The Joey Logano Foundation did a little digging, learned about Landon’s father and reached out to the family to see if they would be okay with them honoring SFC Hickman.

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