The Defense Department today announced the death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord intelligence soldier in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.
Staff Sgt. Raul Guerra, 37, of Union City, N.J. died July 4 in Kandahar’s Spin Boldak district. The Defense Department did not say how he died. He was serving on his fifth deployment to Afghanistan or Iraq.
Guerra served in Lewis-McChord’s 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. He enlisted in 1999 and initially trained as a mechanic. Guerra deployed to Afghanistan three times with a unit from Fort Bragg, N.C. between 2002 and 2006.
In 2007, Guerra changed specialties in the Army and became a human intelligence collector. He deployed to Iraq from October 2007 to December 2008 with his unit from Fort Stewart, Ga.
Guerra was assigned to Lewis-McChord in July 2011. He deployed with his current unit in May.