Tuesday, July 5, 2011

US Army Staff Sergeant Michael Garcia

27-year-old US Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Garcia, died on 4th July 2011 from injuries he received from a bomb blast in Logar province, Afghanistan.

SSgt. had one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. He served with the 705th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, which supported the 2/4 Infantry Battalion's Task Force Warrior, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Polk.

Captain Aaron Teller, commander of 705th, said its soldiers looked up to Garcia because of his tenure and his extensive EOD knowledge base. "You could always count on his rock-solid judgment and his common-sense approach to all challenges," Teller said. "Staff Sergeant Garcia simply drove on to get the mission done."

SSgt. Garcia's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with Valor device and a second award of that medal; three Purple Hearts; the NATO Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; three awards of the Army Achievement Medal; and the Navy Achievement Medal.

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