British Army Sergeant Jonathan Eric Kups, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), died at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on 21st September 2012.
Sergeant Kups was from Nuneaton, Warwickshire. He joined REME in June 1992 where he trained as an electronics technician. In the early years of his career he specialised in radar and ground-to-air weapons, completing an operational tour in Northern Ireland.
In 2011 Sergeant Kups moved to 104 Force Support Battalion REME before being attached to 4 Close Support Battalion REME for its deployment to Afghanistan. With his vast experience, Sergeant Kups was able to effectively lead and develop his soldiers in a very busy electronic repair section. A man of considerable military experience, Sergeant Kups was well respected by his section and by the unit as a whole.
Major Kevin McLoughlin, Officer Commanding 1 Field Company, 104 Force Support Battalion REME, said: "Sergeant Kups embodied all that is best as a SNCO, a technician and a fellow-in-arms. His experience, maturity and team spirit secured his position as the man to get things done in the Electronics Platoon."
Sergeant Kups leaves behind his wife and three children.