A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who raised the spirits of the troops around him was killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province Saturday, the Defense Department announced today.
Spc. Gerardo Campos, 23, of Miami was on his first deployment since he joined the Army in March 2010. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
The unit left for Afghanistan in April and has lost three soldiers over the past two weeks. Campos was shot to death by enemy small arms fire, the Pentagon said.
His company’s top noncommissioned officer, 1st Sgt. John Knight, said Campos had a “never-say-never” attitude and potential for a prestigious career in the Army.
“Spc. Campos was the wind beneath the wings of his platoon. He motivated his fellow Soldiers and believed in their ability to rise to the occasion, regularly pushing them beyond their limits. Spc. Campos had a level of maturity far beyond his age and displayed the potential to become a future sergeant major in the Army,” Knight said.