Sgt Anibal Santiago
Sgt. Anibal Santiago of Belvidere, Illinois graduated from Elgin Community College with a Liberal Arts degree. Anibal served the Navy in from 1991 through 1995, after which he served as a Rockford police officer for six years until 2005. In October of 2007 he enlisted in the United States Army. After completing the One Station Unit Training, he was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and served as a sniper and sniper team leader. His Army training includes, Combatives Level One, the Combat Life Savers Course, the Sniper Course, the Airborne Course, the Ranger Indoctrination Program and the U.S. Army Ranger Course. His Awards and Decorations include, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He also was awarded the the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, The South West Asia Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and the Army Service Ribbon. Anibal was currently serving his third deployment, having previously been deployed once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. He leaves his wife, Mandy, his son, Hannibal, and his parents, Anibal and Maria Santiago. He died at age 37 in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained July 17 in a non-combat related incident in Kwowst, Afghanistan.
75th Ranger Regiment
Fort Benning, Georgia
Burial is at Highland Garden of Memories in Belvidere, Illinois