25-year-old US Army Staff Sergeant Justin C. Marquez, from Aberdeen, North Carolina, was shot and killed on 6th October 2012 during a dismounted patrol in Chak district, Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Also killed in the same incident was Warrant Officer Joseph L. Schiro.
Both men served with the Fort Bragg-based 1st Special Forces Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne).
SSgt. Marquez joined the Army in January 2009. He graduated from the Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course in February of 2011. This was his first overseas deployment. His military awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terror Medal, the Parachutist Badge and the Special Forces Tab.
He is survived by his father, mother and brother.