Sgt. Michael J. Strachota
Born: December 12, 1983 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Died: June 24, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Sgt. Michael J. Strachota, 28, of White Hall, Ark., died June 24, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, Texas. He entered active duty service in June 2007 as a motor transport operator. He arrived at Fort Hood in October 2007 and was assigned to 96th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Fort Hood, since September 2011. Sgt Strachota deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2008 to October 2009. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in November 2011. His awards and decorations include an Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with arrowhead device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Driver and Mechanic Badge. Michael was only days away from returning home for two weeks after spending the last nine months in Afghanistan. “All of his company friends have already been home for their R&R, but he had put his off for his son’s birthday which was July 5th. So he was supposed to be home in about a week.” This was his second tour of duty. He had already served once in Iraq prior to this tour in Afghanistan.
Burial is at Clement Cemetery in Grapevine, Arkansas
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