Born: April 17, 1984
Died: November 17, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Alex A. Viola, 29, of Keller, Texas, died Nov. 17, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Alex joined the Army National Guard in June of 2009 as an engineer sergeant. He was initially assigned to 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), from June 2009 to April 2010. After that he began his Special Forces training at Ft. Bragg, and graduated from Special Forces Qualification Course in June 2011. From there he was assigned to sent to Camp Williams, Utah, where he spent two years. In March of this year he joined the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group based out of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. His awards and decorations were myriad: He received the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon with Numeral 2, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Special Operations Dive Badge and the Special Forces Tab.
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