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Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut

October 26th, 2014 No comments

Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, California died Oct. 24, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to Naval Amphibious Liaison Element, Combined Forces Air Component Center, U.S. Central Command. Kalafut attended El Camino High School graduating in 1983. Kalafut graduated in 1987 from the Merchant Marine Academy and entered active duty as an E-2C Hawkeye pilot. He did a cruise aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and spent six years in the service before leaving and entering the reserves. He later moved to the Atlanta area, where he worked as a pilot for Delta. Kalafut was recalled to active duty once before to fly counter narcotics missions out of Atlanta. He flew with the reserves less often in recent years. Kalafut left for Qatar in July for a 9 month deployment to work in the aircraft control center on base. He was on a non-flying assignment. When he wasn’t working for the military, Kalafut was a commercial airline pilot for Delta Airlines. The July deployment, a non-flying position, was seen as a final step before retirement. Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia – Sec 7A Site 391 

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LCpl. Sean P. Neal

October 25th, 2014 No comments

Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, California, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, whose headquarters element deploys from Camp Pendleton, California. Sean graduated in 2013 from La Sierra High School in Riverside and enlisted in the Marine Corps in July of 2013 where he was serving his first deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Riverside National Cemetery in California –  Sec 52B Site 1348 

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Sgt. Christopher Waugh Mulalley

August 25th, 2014 No comments

Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, Calif., died Aug. 22, in Gardez, Afghanistan, as the result of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Mulalley was a 2006 graduate of Eureka High School. Mulalley deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2007 to December 2007 and Operation Enduring Freedom from May 2009 to June 2010. His latest deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom began in June. His awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National DefenseService Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Rifle.

 

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Pfc. Keith Michael Williams

July 24th, 2014 No comments

Born: December 18, 1994 in Tulare County, California
Died: July 24 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, California graduated in 2013 from El Diamante High School where he participated in Football, Drum Line, El Diamante Link Crew, and was part of the 2013 Homecoming Court. In his Leisure, Keith enjoyed dove hunting, attending pow-wows, and any activity that put him in motion, long boarding, snowboarding, skiing and surfing. He also loved listening to music. Keith enlisted in the United States Army, choosing this path as a stepping stone towards a career in law enforcement. Williams died at age in 19 in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.  Keith was serving in his first tour of duty. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He leaves his mother and step father, Debbie  and Michael Tuttle, his father and step mother, Frankie and Tara Williams, and his two sisters, Samantha and Chelsea. Burial is Private.
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1st Battalion
12th Infantry Regiment
4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
4th Infantry Division
Fort Carson, Colorado

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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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SSG Scott R. Studenmund

June 9th, 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. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald of Butler, Ga., Spc Justin R Helton of Beaver, Ohio, Cpl Justin R. Clouse of Sprague, Washington and Pvt Aaron S. Toppen of Mokena, Illinois. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 10594

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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 20th, 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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