Army Specialist Jameson Lynn Lindskog, 23, was en route to a military airport. Details of the explosion, exactly where it occurred and if others were killed or injured in the blast, were not available at press time.
He was the son of Donna Walker of Pleasanton and Curtis Lindskog of Livermore. Donna Walker and her husband Matt were at home on Tioga Court when an Army chaplain and staff sergeant rang the doorbell to convey the tragic news.
"Jameson was an outstanding adult who had a bright future ahead of him," his father Curtis said. "He was home right after the Christmas holidays and I drove him back to the Oakland Airport on Jan. 14. That's where I said my last goodbye."
Specialist Lindskog attended Pleasanton Middle School and his freshman year at Amador Valley High School. In 2003, he transferred to Orion Academy near Moraga, where he graduated in 2005. From there, he enrolled in the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville where he became a licensed massage therapist.
He enlisted in the Army and was a medical technician assigned to the 101st Airborne unit out of Fort Campbell, Ky., at the time of his death. He was due to be discharged next year, and his deployment to Afghanistan was expected to end within the next few weeks.
He was born May 25, 1987, and was the only child of Donna and Curtis Lindskog. Besides his parents, he leaves a half-brother Kenny Mekatani and a half-sister Candace Khattab.
Curtis Lindskog said the Army will fly his son's body to the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to determine the exact cause of death, and then home to Pleasanton, where funeral arrangements are pending.
Both the local Veterans of Foreign War post and the Pleasanton Military Families are working with the family on preparing a final tribute.
Specialist Lindskog's death marks the first wartime fatality for a Pleasanton family since the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts began.