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.