U.S Army Staff Sergeant Omar Aceves, aged 30, from El Paso, Texas, was killed on 12th January 2011, in Ghazni Province. He died from the blast of an improvised explosive device.
He was a combat engineer with the 693rd Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, and had been in Afghanistan since May 2010.
Staff Sergeant Aceves joined the Army in February 2005 and had previously served in Iraq from October 2006 to January 2008.
A highly decorated soldier, his awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, two Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Air Assault Badge and the Marksman Qualification Badge.