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Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras

May 15th, 2014 No comments

Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras, 49, of Tucson, Arizona, died May 13, in San Antonio Military Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from wounds suffered on May 6, in Harat Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. He graduated from Sunnyside High School before joining the military.  Barreras entered the Army in 1988 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. He had served in every position including squad leader, platoon sergeant, first sergeant, Regimental Reconnaissance Company sergeant major, and Joint Special Operation Task Force sergeant major. Barreras served in multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and also deployed in support of Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. CSM Barreras had previously been awarded a Bronze Star with Valor, three Bronze Star Medals, Purple Heart, three Meritorious Service Medals, Two Joint Service Commendation Medals, four Army Commendation Medals among other accomplishments. As an Army Ranger he helped rescue former POW Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital in 2003.  Barreras was the leader of the Army battalion that conducted the successful rescue of Lynch. Barreras personally handed Lynch to another soldier to transfer her to the helicopter that evacuated her from the area. According to reports, he then fended off multiple attacks in order to retrieve all 9 of the bodies of the other U.S. soldiers missing in action to bring them home. South Lawn Cemetery

 

Memorial Service will be held on 
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 11:00 a.m at 
Christ Community Church, 
7801 E. Kenyon Drive, 
Tucson, Arizona 85710

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CWO 2 Joshua Benjamin Silverman

December 17th, 2013 No comments

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Dec. 17, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as a result of a helicopter crash. He was  assigned to the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Chesterfield, Missouri.

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1st Lt. Jonam Russell

July 25th, 2013 1 comment

Born: January 5, 1988 in Quebec, Canada
Died: July 23, 2013 in Soltan Kheyl, Afghanistan

1st Lt. Jonam Russell, 25, of Cornville, Ariz., died July 23, in Soltan Kheyl, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. Russell joined the Army in January 2011 and arrived at the unit in January 2013. He enlisted in the AZ Army National Guard in the 855th Military Police Company in 2007. He earned his commission in May 2011 through ROTC at ASU where he graduated with a degree in Business Communication from the WP Carey School of Business Cum Laude. His military schools include Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, Air Assault School, Army Ranger School, and Airborne School. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart in Georgia. He deployed to Wardak province in Afghanistan, where he was killed while leading a dismounted patrol. National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

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2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson

June 4th, 2013 No comments

2nd Lt. Justin L. Sisson, 23, of Phoenix, Ariz., died June 3, in Tsamkani, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. Justin is 2007 graduate of Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park. He went on to earn a degree in history from Florida State University. He joined the Army in May 2012, after graduating from FSU. His awards include one Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Sapper Badge. Leavenworth National

SERVICES:
VISITATION
Friday, June 14 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Wesley Chapel
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224

FUNERAL SERVICE
Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 AM
at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Wesley Chapel
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224

INTERMENT
Saturday, June 15 at 12:30 PM
at Leavenworth National Cemetery
150 Muncie Rd.
Leavenworth, KS 66027

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CPO Christian Michael Pike

March 14th, 2013 1 comment

Chief Petty Officer Christian M. Pike, 31, of Peoria, Ariz., died March 14 in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of combat-related injuries sustained on March 10 while conducting stability operations in Maiwand District, Afghanistan. Pike was assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit. He attended Peoria High School graduating in 2000. CPO Pike joined the Navy in 2001, and following training was assigned to the NTTC Corry Station, then the USS Cleveland. In 2007, he moved to a Navy Information Operations Command facility in Georgia before reporting to the Special Warfare unit July 25, 2011. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10553

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SSG Jonathan Dale Davis

February 22nd, 2013 No comments

Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, 34, of Kayenta, Ariz., died Feb. 22 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 32nd Georgian Liaison Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. He joined the Marine Corps in the fall of 1997 had combat experience in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Among his awards are, the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal. Kayenta Cemetery in Kayenta, Arizona

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Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. Savard

October 14th, 2012 2 comments

Born: February 27 1983
Died: October 13, 2012 in Khanabad District, Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. Savard of Sierra Vista, Arizona died at age 29 in Khanabad District, Afghanistan, from small arms fire while on patrol during combat operations. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N. C. Ryan graduated in 2001 from Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He first entered the U.S. Army as a Helicopter Repairer on Aug. 29, 2001 and after completion of Initial Entry Training he was assigned to Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 159th Aviation in Gieblstadt, Germany where he served for two years as a UH 60 Repairman. While assigned to the 159th Aviation, Savard deployed once to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In June 2004, Savard attended and graduated from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School to become a Special Forces weapons sergeant. Upon graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course, Savard was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as a Special Forces Company Assistant Operations Sergeant and a Special Forces weapons sergeant. In 2008, Savard was assigned to Operations Detachment Group Support Battalion, 3rd SFG (A) where he served as a Senior Special Forces weapons sergeant. While assigned to 3rd SFG (A), Savard deployed three times to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. Savard was assigned in May 2010 as a Special Operations Team Member, U.S. Army Special Operations Command. For over two years he performed this duty, deploying twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Savard completed numerous military courses while serving in the U.S. Army to include the Warrior Leader Course, Basic Airborne Course, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape High Risk Survival Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Advanced Leader Course, Special Operations Weapons Sergeant Course, Special Operations Language Training-French, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, ULLS-A Course, Ranger Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Exploitation Course, Advanced Land Navigation Course, Free Fall Parachutist Course, Senior Leader Course, and the Static Line Jumpmaster Course. Savard’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, U.S. Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Ribbon, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, U.S. Army Service Ribbon, U.S. Army Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, NATO Medal with Bronze Service Star, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Aviation Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Parachutist Badge, and five Overseas Service Bars. Savard was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal (3rdAward), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Purple Heart. ANC – Sec 60 Site 10129

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SSG Orion N. Sparks

September 26th, 2012 1 comment

Born: March 21, 1983 in Tacoma, Washington
Died: September 26, 2012, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, 29, of Tucson, Arizona died at age 29  in Pul-E Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when an insurgent wearing a suicide vest detonated the device near their patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Schweinfurt, Germany. Mountain View Cemetery in Lakewod, Washington

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SSG. Richard Liam Berry

July 22nd, 2012 No comments

Born: February 27, 1985 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Died: July 22, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry, 27, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died July 22 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an enemy improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. He joined the Army on Feb. 23, 2006, and was deployed to Iraq September 2006 to November 2007. After joining the 82nd Airborne Division in May 2009, he was deployed to Afghanistan that August, returning home in February 2010. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with two knots, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal with Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge. Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 10193

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Staff Sgt. Carl Eric Hammar

July 17th, 2012 No comments

Staff Sgt. Carl E. Hammar, 24, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died July 14, in Khost province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire. Hammar was assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Eric is a 2005 Lake Havasu High School graduate. He joined the Army in December 2005, completing his basic training, advanced training and basic airborne course at Fort Benning, Ga. He was deployed to Afghanistan in December. He had previously served two tours in Iraq. He graduated from Lake Havasu High School in 2005. He went on to take classes at Mohave Community College’s Lake Havasu City campus from fall 2004 to fall 2006. At Mohave, he was majoring in general studies at Mohave, where he took courses in English, jewelry, lapidary and administration of justice.

Arlington National Cemetery Sec 60 Site 10225

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