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Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund

June 11th, 2014 No comments

Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund, 24, of Pasadena, California; died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. SSG Studenmund volunteered for the Special Forces 18B Program in 2009, and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2011. Upon earning his Special Forces tab, he initially reported to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th SFG (A). He was then assigned to 1st Bn., 5th SFG (A) as a weapons sergeant. His military education includes, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course, Combat Diver Course, Light Wheel Vehicle Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Course, and U.S. Army Airborne School.  His military awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutists Badge, the Special Operations Divers Badge, and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert-Carbine. Arlington National Cemetery

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Spc. Terry J. Hurne

June 9th, 2014 No comments

Spc. Terry J. Hurne, 34, of Merced, California, died June 9, in Logar province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Hurne joined the Army in July 2009. After completing training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia he arrived at Fort Drum in February, 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011 to March 2012.  Hurne deployed with his unit in November 2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a utilities equipment repairer. His awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Mechanic.  Hurne completed the Combatives Level 1 School, the Transportation School and the Combat Lifesavers Course.

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Spc Adrian Michael Perkins

May 17th, 2014 No comments

Born: September 29 1994 in San Diego County, California
Died: May 17 2014 in Amman, Jordan

Spec. Adrian M. Perkins, 19, of Pine Valley, California, died May 17, in Amman, Jordan, from a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Perkins entered the Army in August of 2012 as an infantryman and was assigned to Fort Carson in January 2013. He deployed to Jordan in October as a member of Fort Carson’s 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. His awards include the  the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Army Service Ribbon and decorations related to his service in the Army and overseas. Perkins was seriously injured following an incident at a Jordanian military base and was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound at King Hussein Hospital in Amman. The 2nd Brigade soldiers routinely travel throughout the Middle East training local troops, working in large part with the Jordanian Army, which is beefing up its force in a bid to keep the Syrian Civil War under control.

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Spc. Daniela Rojas

May 3rd, 2014 No comments

Spc. Daniela Rojas, 19, of Los Angeles, California, died May 3, in Homburg, Germany, due to a non-combat related illness. She was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Dani grew up in Boyle Heights, and was a 2012 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles. Rojas joined the Army in October 2012 and was assigned as a unit supply specialist to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colo. She deployed to Afghanistan Feb. 1 2014. Among her awards are the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. Los Angeles National Cemetery –  Sec 27 Row AA Site 01

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CWO Edward Balli

January 25th, 2014 No comments

Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli, 42, of Monterey, Calif., died Jan. 20, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds from small arms fire when he was attacked by insurgents. Balli was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe, Vilseck, Germany. Bali had more than 15 years of service in the Army and was an expert in United States Army unmanned aerial vehicle operations.  His awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals and Combat Action Badge.  He was serving his fourth deployment and just four years from being able to retire to his home in Hawaii. Punchbowl National Military Cemetery, Hawaii - Sec I Site 1492  

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1st Lt. Jennifer Madai Moreno

October 8th, 2013 No comments

Born: June 25, 1988 in San Diego, California
Died: October 6, 2013 in Zhari, Afghanistan

1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno of San Diego, California died at age 25 in Zhari District, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. She was assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. 1st Lt Moreno received her commission as an Army officer after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor of science degree. She graduated from the Army airborne course in 2009 and arrived at Madigan in 2010, where she served as a clinical staff nurse in a medical surgical unit until she sought a special operations assignment. Moreno volunteered as a Cultural Support Team member. She was was trained at Fort Bragg and was assigned to a joint special operations task force for her deployment. An Army nurse, she volunteered for the Cultural Support Team and, after training, assessment and selection, deployed in June. Moreno was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and NATO Medal. Her other awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery – Sec W Site 974

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Lt. Cmdr. Landon Le Jones

September 24th, 2013 No comments

Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones, 35, of Lompoc, Calif., died Sept. 22, as a result of an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crash while operating in the central Red Sea. He was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. Landon attended Cabrillo High School where he was active in football as a linebacker for the Conquistadors. He is remembered by the staff and his peers as a team player and a reliable student. Lt Comdr Jones always had a plan to serve in the U.S. Navy, he worked very hard throughout school to over achieve and applied to the U.S. Naval Academy, was accepted and graduated from the Academy in 2001. Jones attened the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. beginning in July 1997, and was commissioned as an officer May 24, 2001. He attended flight training in Pensacola, Fla., and Corpus Christi, Texas. Later assignments took him to San Diego and Japan before he returned to Florida to serve with a helicopter training unit. Stints with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squad in San Diego and Jacksonville, Fla., were followed by assignments with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons in San Diego since January 2012. Jones was a well-decorated sailor. Among the medals he received during his time of service were a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Navy “E” Reward, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Oversea Service Ribbon. He served proudly, becoming a helicopter pilot and perished as he was attempting a landing on a Navy destroyer in the Red Sea. He leaves his wife Theresa and two sons, Anthony and Hunter, his mother, Debbi, his father, Larry and a brother, Nolan. Lt Cmdr Jones and another pilot were were lost at sea.

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Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas Jr

September 14th, 2013 No comments

Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas Jr., 24, of Fontana, Calif., died Sept. 13, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, of wounds suffered during a non-combat related incident on April 21, 2013, in Maiwand, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, Fort Bliss, Texas. Robert graduated in 2006 from Etiwanda High School in and enlisted in the Army soon after. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery

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Spc Kenneth Clifford Alvarez

August 25th, 2013 1 comment

Born: March 28, 1990 in Santa Barbara County, California
Died: August 23, 2013 in Afghanistan

Spc. Kenneth C. Alvarez of Santa Maria, California died at age 23 in Haft Asiab, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device during combat operations. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Alvarez had been in the Army since November 2011. When Alavarez was assigned to White Sands, he requested to join the 40th Mobility Augmentation Company in Afghanistan. He began with basic training at Fort Leonard Wood Military Base in Missouri, where he graduated in March of 2010 as a combat engineer with the Echo Company, 35th Engineer Battalion. After spending some time in Fort Leonard Wood, Kenny was stationed at the U.S. Army Garrison Base in Bamberg, Germany with the 21st Bravo Company, where he enjoyed spending his free time with his closest military brothers. Leaving Germany, Kenny served his first tour in Ghazni, Afghanistan from February 17, 2012 to February 13, 2013. On June 10, 2013 after his return from Afghanistan he was stationed at White Sands Missile Range Air Force Base. His second tour in Afghanistan began on July 17, 2013. Kenny loved serving in the U.S. Army and did so with great bravery and honor for our country, he never wavered in the face of danger. Kenny earned several medals and badges for his service. They are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, NATO Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Combat Service Identification Badge, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, and the Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge. Santa Maria Cemetery

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Spc Nicholas Brian Burley

July 30th, 2013 No comments

Born: December 9, 1990 in Placer County, California
Died: July 30, 2013 in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan

Spc. Nicholas B. Burley of Red Bluff, California died at age 22 in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. He graduated from Red Bluff High School in 2009. Nick divided his time between his mother in Red Bluff and his father in Foresthill. He was an avid outdoorsman who hunted and rode horses, snowmobiles and motorcycles. Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City, California

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