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JBLM corporal from Texas killed by an IED in Kandahar

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on July 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
July 9, 2012 6:10 pm
Spc. Juan Navarro received a promotion to corporal during his deployment, a rank equivalent to specialist but signifying greater responsibility. Photo from Navarro's Facebook page.

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker soldier from Texas was killed in Afghanistan Saturday, the Defense Department announced today.

Spc. Juan Navarro, 23, was killed Saturday in an enemy attack in Kandahar Province. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Friends and family of Navarro have been mourning him today on social media web sites. One of his last Facebook posts mentioned the plans he was making to go to college after his deployment. He was scheduled to end his enlistment next spring.

Army friends quoted another one of Navarro’s last Facebook posts.

“God loves me enough to let me go through all the lessons I came here to learn, even the ones that hurt the most,” Navarro wrote July 5.

“His presence doesn’t deny me. It’s always there to help me see and understand what I came to this place to learn.”

Navarro is the 17th Lewis-McChord soldier to die in Afghanistan this year. His death was the second casualty announcement for Lewis-McChord today.

Navarro received a combat infantry badge during his deployment. Photo from Navarro's Facebook page.
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