28-year-old US Army Staff Sergeant Ari R. Cullers, from New London, Connecticut, was killed in action on 30th October 2011 in Kandahar Province, when an enemy grenade exploded near him.
The Fort Drum, New York based soldier served with the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. He joined the Army in 2004 and served in Korea and Oklahoma before transferring to Fort Drum in 2008. This was his second combat deployment to Afghanistan, having served there from December 2008 to December 2009.
His military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.
Staff Sgt. Cullers leaves behind his mother and father.