29-year-old US Army Sergeant Carlo F. Eugenio was killed in Kabul on 29th October 2011 when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into an armored military bus that he was travelling in.
Sgt. Eugenio, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, served with the 756th Transportation Company, 224th Sustainment Brigade, California Army National Guard, based at Van Nuys. He deployed to Afghanistan in August on a one-year mission. Previously he had served in Kuwait.
He was the youngest of five children and lived in Fontana before moving to Rancho Cucamonga around 10 years ago.
Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General for the California National Guard, said in a press statement: "We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sgt. Eugenio's family and commit to them our unwavering support. Sgt. Eugenio's death, the first of a California Guardsman in Afghanistan, is a painfully wrenching testimony to the bravery, service and sacrifice of our state's National Guardsmen."