Jets hire Iraq war hero

The Jets hired Iraq war hero Ben Kotwica as a special teams and defensive quality control coach.

Kotwica comes to the Jets after a stint as the Defensive Coordinator at the USMA Preparatory School. He is a decorated officer who spent eight years in the Army after graduating from West Point, where he played linebacker. While in the Army, Kotwica served as a Platoon Leader, an Apache helicopter pilot, a Battalion Executive Officer and a Company Commander. His duties included time spent in Fort Bragg, NC; Bosnia; Korea; Fort Hood, TX; and Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. His awards include: the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star.

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