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Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis

August 30th, 2013 2 comments

Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y., died Aug. 28, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, small arms and indirect fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y. SSGT Ollis was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in August 2006. After training at Fort Hamilton, N.Y., and Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Smith Barracks, Germany, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He arrived at Fort Drum in November 2011. He previously deployed to Iraq in April 2008 to May 2009 and Afghanistan in June 2010 to May 2011. Michael deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January 2013. SSGT Ollis’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicles and Tracked Vehicles. He completed the Airborne School, the Ranger Course, the Infantry School, the Special Operations Senior Site Exploitation Course, the Air Assault School, the Combat Life Savers Course, the Command Language Program German Head Start Course, and the Medium Tactical Vehicle Course. He is survived by his mother and father. Staff Sgt Ollis was posthumously awarded the Golden Polish Army Medal for his actions on August 28 when he stepped between a Polish soldier and the insurgent, so that when the insurgent’s vest detonated it shielded the polish soldier, killing Ollis instead. The Army is considering a Silver Star for Sgt. Ollis, one of America’s highest awards for valor. Cemetery of the Resurrection in Pleasant Plains, New York

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Sgt. Justin R. Rogers

June 29th, 2013 No comments

Sgt. Justin R. Rogers, 25, of Barton, N.Y., died June 28, in Bagram, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident currently under investigation. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. He joined the Army in March 2008. Rogers worked as a horizontal construction engineer. His awards include two Army Achievement Medals, an Army Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon. Arlington

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Lt Col Jaimie Elizabeth Leonard

June 11th, 2013 1 comment

Lt Col Jaimie E. Leonard, 39, of Warrick, N.Y., died June 8, in Sharana, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from small arms fire received at Zarghun Shahr, Afghanistan. She was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. She graduated from Warwick Valley High School in 1992. Leonard, an Intelligence Officer, graduated in May 1997 from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in the Army upon graduation. She arrived at Fort Drum in July 2010. Leonard deployed to Bosnia in 1999, to Iraq in 2005 and to Afghanistan in 2011. She again deployed with her unit to Afghanistan in January 2013. Her awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. Leonard completed the Intermediate Level Education Qualification and Common Core Courses, the Counter Intelligent Agent Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School Course, the Basic and Advanced Military Intelligence Officer Course, the Airborne Course, the Air Movement Operator Course, the Nuclear Biological and Chemical Officer Course, and the Master Fitness Trainer Course.  West Point Cemetery

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Lt. Col. Todd John Clark

June 8th, 2013 1 comment

Born: October 4, 1972 in ALbany, New York
Died: June 8, 2013 in Sharana, Afghanistan

Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, 40, of Evans Mills, New York died June 8, in Sharana, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from small arms fire received at Zarghun Shahr, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Clark, a Security Force Assistance Advisory Team Commander, completed the ROTC program and was commissioned into the Army in August 1995. He arrived at Fort Drum in January 2009. Clark deployed to Bosnia in 1999, to Kuwait in 2003, to Iraq in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and to Afghanistan in 2010. He again deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January 2013. His awards and decorations include three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with Distinguishing device, three Army Achievement Medals, two Presidential Unit Citation Awards, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, two National Defense Service Medal, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, three Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge. Clark graduated from the Command and General Staff College; completed the Combat Life Savers Course, the Intermediate Level Education Qualification and Common Core Courses, the Cavalry Leader Course, the Armor Maneuver CPT Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School Course, the Motor Pool Management Course, the Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course and the Airborne Course. Fort Sam Houston Sec 41 Site 933

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SSG Francis Gene Phillips IV

May 6th, 2013 No comments

Born: August 18, 1984
Died: May 4, 2013 in Maiwand, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Francis G. Phillips IV, 28, of Meridian, N.Y., died at age 28 in Maiwand, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his vehicle was attacked by an enemy improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. Frankie enlisted in the Army on 29 April 2004 in Syracuse, New York. He attended the fourteen-week long Infantry Training Course and Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. Staff Sergeant Phillips’ first duty assignment was to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where on 16 August 2004, he was assigned to 3/504 Infantry Battalion as a Gunner. In September 2005, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In January 2007, he served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for fifteen months. In August 2009, he returned to Afghanistan as a Section Leader for twelve months. Staff Sergeant Phillips completed Ranger School in January 2011 prior to arriving at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment and was immediately selected to be a Team Leader in the Reconnaissance Platoon. He deployed in December 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, the Afghan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, the NATO Medal, Expert Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge. ANC

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Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian

May 6th, 2013 No comments

Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, of Warwick, N.Y., died May 4, while conducting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. They were both assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He graduated in 1992 from Ramsey High School in New Jersey where he was a standout on the football field. Eric deployed in 2003 and served five tours in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

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Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari

December 16th, 2012 No comments

Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari, 39, of Baldwin, N.Y., died Dec. 14 in Logar province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to HHC 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany. Kevin graduated from Oceanside High School in 1991 and studied at State University of New York where he studied English and mass communications. He also took classes at Nassau Community College. Among his military awards are, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

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Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid

December 13th, 2012 No comments

Born: April 2, 1986 in Rochester, New York
Died: December 13, 2012 in Landstuhl, Germany

Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid of Rochester, New York died at age 26 in Landstuhl, Germany from wounds suffered on Dec. 9, in Sperwan Village, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 53rd Ordnance Company (EOD), 3rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Nicholas is a 2004 Brockport High School graduate. He enlisted in the Army in 2006. He served with the 53rd Ordnance Company of the 3rd Ordnance Battalion, and had been deployed from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

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Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Denier

December 4th, 2012 No comments

Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Denier, 26, of Mechanicville, N.Y., died Dec. 2, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He always wanted to be in the military and after having been in the Marines for about two years he finally deployed in October 2012, something he was very excited about. For him, it meant he would finally be doing what he was paid to do. Saratoga National.

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Sgt Brett E. Gornewicz

November 3rd, 2012 No comments

Sgt Brett E. Gornewicz of Alden, New York died at age 27 of wounds suffered Nov. 3, when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device in Paktia province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Oswego, N.Y. Brett graduated in 2003 from Alden High School and graduated from Buffalo State College with a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology. Gornewicz served nearly 7 years in the military and was on his third deployment.

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