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Sgt. 1st Class Roberto C. Skelt

February 12th, 2014 No comments

Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41, of York, Fla., was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. He died Feb. 12, in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when they were struck by enemy small arms fire. Skelt enlisted in October 1990 as a signal support systems specialist and trained at Fort Jackson and Fort Gordon, Ga., before serving at several duty stations in the United States and overseas. In 2005, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Special Forces engineer sergeant, according to a release. He had deployed with the 3rd Special Forces Group on three previous occasions, serving two tours in Afghanistan and one in Yemen. Skelt then served at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, both at Fort Bragg, before being recently reassigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), the Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal (2nd Award), the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. Tico leaves his wife, Jennifer, his children, Devin, Nicolas and Gabriella, his parents, Roberto C. Skelt and Aridia Skelt, a brother, Freddy, and his sisters, Dania, Diana and Wanda.

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Visitation will be

2:00-5:00 P.M. Thursday, February 27, 2014 at

LaFayette Funeral Home,

6651 Raeford Rd.

Fayetteville, NC 28304

A Funeral Service will be held at 5:30 P.M. for family and close friends following the visitation at the Funeral Home with Chaplain (MAJ) Ruston Hill officiating. In Lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Green Beret Foundation, 18756 Stone Oak Parkway Suite #200, San Antonio, TX 78258 or at http://greenberetfoundation.org/donations.html. Obituary information provided by LaFayette Funeral Home.

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Sgt 1st Class William K. Lacey

January 5th, 2014 No comments

Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel, Fla., died Jan. 4, 2014, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with rocket propelled grenades. Lacey was assigned to 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Ky. Lacey began his military service in January of 2003, arriving at Fort Knox in January of 2013. He was serving his fifth deployment including his three tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan.  Kelly was awarded Airborne Wings, Egyptian Jump Wings, 3 Bronze Stars, one of which has the "V" device, for his acts of heroism, that resulted in his death, a Purple Heart, numerous Army Commendation medals and Army Achievement Medals, a Combat Action Badge, three Good Conduct Medals, a Drivers Badge, Humanitarian award for his acts in Hurricane Katrina relief, and many other war time awards. He also fast-tracked all of his promotions to achieve Sergeant First Class in under 10 years.  Magnolia Cemetery in Laurel Hill, Florida.

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SSG Justin Rasard Johnson Sr

June 20th, 2013 1 comment

Staff Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla, assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, Va., He died June 18, in Bagram, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire. He joined the Army in 2006 and was a cargo specialist. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. and advanced individual training at Eustis. His first assignment was as a cargo specialist with the 119th Transportation Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Story in Virginia Beach. Johnson is a combat veteran who served two tours in Iraq, and his awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal. Also killed were Spc. Ember M. Alt, Spc. Robert W. Ellis and Spc. William R. Moody. South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida – Sec 39 Site 2297

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LCpl. Jared W. Brown

June 16th, 2013 1 comment

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Born June 16, 1993 in Florida

Died June 16, 2013 in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. Jared W. Brown from Southport, Florida had wished to serve his country since he was in the ninth grade. Military service didn’t scare him and some of his large group of friends and family believed Jared to be invincible. He  was loving, known for his charismatic smile, twinkling eyes and great sense of humor. Above all he loved his friends just like they were born into his family. He was always big brothering someone whether they be older or younger than he was.  He was never too busy to not care about others. On January 4, 2012, he had written on his Facebook page “I can only be what I am. I like what I am.” Jared served in the ROTC for four years during high school and left for boot camp shortly after graduating from Bozeman High School in 2011. Jared was  assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.  and left for Afghanistan just under two months before he was killed by a gunshot on his 20th birthday. This incident is under investigation as he was killed on base.

Burial- Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Panama City, Florida

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SSG Jesse L. Thomas Jr

June 12th, 2013 No comments

Born June 8, 1982 in The USA

 

Died June 10, 2013 in Helmand, Afghanistan

 

 

 

            Staff Sgt. Jesse Lamar Thomas Jr., 31, of Pensacola, Florida. Jesse was known as “Jay” to those who knew and loved him, and he was proud to call Pensacola his hometown. His Army career began  in 2005, enlisting because in his words “he wanted to do something different and wanted to make a difference.”  His elder sister was already serving in the Army and she said “He went after he was more mature,” she said. “A lot of people join when they’re 18 or 21. He was already mature. He was ready for the responsibility and to follow through with it.”  Jesse served a tour of duty in Iraq and was currently assigned to the 39th Transportation Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Kleber Kaserne, Germany, where he was a human resources specialist. He lived in Germany the last two years along with his wife and their children. Jesse was a loving family man who was never shy about speaking his mind. He was described by his company commander as a great mentor, a dedicated noncommissioned officer and professional. He was known as a very approachable leader who lived by Army values and a man who did his best to take care of everyone.  He touched a lot of soldiers’ lives, he really touched a lot of people and everybody that came into contact felt something from him and they took something from him. He was quick with advice, understanding and encouragement to his fellow soldiers on how to become better soldiers and work their way up. Those who worked under him said they’ll always remember that about him, along with his smile and jokes.  Jesse also had a passion for music of all kinds, playing both the piano and keyboard and singing rap. Staff Sergeant Thomas died June 10, 2013, in Helmand, Afghanistan.  The dedication, hard work and support Jesse gave to others was returned to him by the citizens of Pensacola when hundreds of the town’s residents showed up to honor him and his sacrifice at his final homecoming and funeral.  SSG Thomas earned the following awards during his service to this country: 3 Army Commendation Medals (3rd posthumous), 3 Army Achievement Medals,  Army Superior Unit Award,  3 Army Good Conduct Medals,  Afghanistan Campaign Medal,  National Defense Service Medal,  Global War on Terrorism Medal, 2  Korean Defense Service Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, 2 Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons,  Army Service Ribbon, 2 Service Ribbons, and the NATO Medal awarded posthumously.

 

Burial Barrancas National Cemetery Pensacola Florida Section 51 Site 60.

 

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Capt James Michael Steel

April 3rd, 2013 No comments

Born: March 3, 1984
Died: April 4, 2013 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

Capt. James M. Steel of Tampa, Florida died at age 29 in the crash of an F-16 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Steel graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2006, completed pilot training and arrived at Shaw in June 2010. He was the chief of mobility for the squadron, which provides close air support for U.S. and coalition troops on the ground. His plane was on its final approach to land at Bagram Airfield around 11 p.m. when he lost contact with his wingman and the control tower. Steel’s F-16 then crashed 10 miles south of the runway. Steel had been on a routine air support mission. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 8 Site 370

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LCpl David P. Fenn II

March 20th, 2013 No comments

Born: May 18, 1992 in Winter Haven, Florida
Died: March 18, 2013 in Hawthorne, Nevada

Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, 20, of Polk City, Fla., was a mortarman assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in March 2011. Fenn’s awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan. He was most recently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011. Oak Grove Cemetery

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Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo

March 17th, 2013 No comments

Born: July 22, 1981 in Herkimer, New York
Died: March 11, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Marc A. Scialdo, 31, of Naples, Fla., died March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He was a 1999 graduate of St. John Neumann High School and a 2002 graduate of Edison State College. Staff Sgt. Scialdo, a Black Hawk section chief, joined the Army in January 2003 and arrived at the unit in January 2012. This was his second deployment. His awards include the Air Medal and Army Commendation with Valor. Palm Royale

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Spc Zachary Lee Shannon

March 17th, 2013 No comments

Spc. Zachary L. Shannon, 21, of Dunedin, Fla., died March 11 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. Spc. Shannon, a Black Hawk crew chief, joined the Army in August 2010 and arrived at the unit in April 2012. This was his first deployment. Dunedin Cemetery.

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Pfc. Markie T. Sims

December 29th, 2012 No comments

Born: January 6, 1992
Died: December 29, 2012 in Panjwal, Afghanistan

Pfc. Markie T. Sims of Citra, Florida died at age 20 in Panjwal, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Markie attended North Marion High School where he was a multi-sport athlete, running track and playing basketball. He graduated in the fall of 2011 from Marion Technical Institute. Pfc. Sims entered the Army in November 2011 and upon completing Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, in MOS 12B (Combat Engineer) he was assigned to JBLM. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan. His awards and decoration include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon and NATO Medal. Reddick Community Cemetery

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