Staff Sgt. Israel P. Nuañes
Staff Sgt. Israel P. Nuañes, 38, of Las Cruces, N.M., died May 12, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained during an enemy attack with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 741st Ordnance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas, part of the 84th Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group. Known by many as Izzy or Iz, he graduated in 1992 from Casa Grande Union High School, at which time he enlisted into the Army. His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oakleaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal 4th, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Non-Commisioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon 2nd, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Basic Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Rifle/Expert Badge.
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