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Fallen Kingsport soldier to be honored during Charlotte race

From staff reports • May 19, 2020 at 8:55 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The name of Army Sgt. 1st 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.

Part of Sunday’s event is 600 Miles of Remembrance in which the names of fallen members of our Armed Forces are displayed on the windshields of each of the 40 NASCAR Cup Series cars.

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, North Carolina, and was deployed in February 2003. He returned home safely and then began recruiting duty in Wisconsin.

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

Hickman earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart along with many other awards throughout his career. He and Tiffany welcomed sons Hayden in September 2003, Landon in December 2004 and Clayton in 2007.

Landon Hickman, a big Logano fan, wrote a letter to the driver around Christmastime to thank him for an autograph, mentioning that he hoped one day to attend the Coca-Cola 600 to see the soldiers’ names on the cars. The Joey Logano Foundation did some digging, learned about Landon’s father and reached out to the family to see if they would allow the team to honor Hickman.

The Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and be shown on Fox.