Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Colour Serjeant Kevin Fortuna, 1 RIFLES

British Army Colour Serjeant Kevin Charles Fortuna from A Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles, was killed in Afghanistan on Monday 23 May 2011 from the blast of a bomb in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province.

Colour Serjeant Fortuna was born on 18 June 1974 in Portsmouth, joined the Army aged just sixteen. He joined the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1991 as a junior leader. Over the course of an exceptional career, he served in Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. His vast experience, intellectual approach and calm manner led him to a position of great esteem within the Battalion.

Colour Serjeant Fortuna was a phenomenal, irreplaceable individual, who had already been selected for promotion and was very much a star of the future. He cared for those he commanded passionately, and had prepared both his men and himself flawlessly for this deployment.

He leaves behind his wife, Nia, mother, Sue, and brother, Kris.

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