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JBLM soldier dies in Kandahar on fifth deployment

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on July 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm with 3 Comments »
July 9, 2012 12:52 pm
A U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Raul M. Guerra, of Union City, N.J., at Dover Air Force Base, Del., July 5. U.S. Air Force photo.

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.

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  1. billybushey says:

    This soldier was on his FIFTH deployment? How many times will we make these men and women roll the dice over there before we end the fiscal and diplomatic insanity of this war.

  2. BrownsPointer says:

    Rest in Peace – Vaya con Dios.

  3. Dave98373 says:

    “This soldier was on his FIFTH deployment?”

    This is not typical. Often times, soldiers volunteer to deploy even if they are not up to deploy. This is, in my opinion, due in part to some soldiers not fitting in when they come home from combat and know of no other environment as chaotic as combat where they fit in. Multiple deployments may also be contributed to the economy where jobs for vets are scarce. I am not saying this is the case with Raul, but it is something the non-military public should be aware of.
    RIP Raul. Thank you for your service. Godspeed.

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