Wednesday, July 27, 2011

While Waiting for Islam to be Reformed...



A Special Operations Soldier was killed July 21, during a combat operation in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Benjamin A. Stevenson, 36, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Stevenson was born in Albany, N.Y., and graduated from Smithson Valley High School, Spring Branch, Texas in 1993. Stevenson enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman on June 10, 1993.


Initially, Stevenson served with the 325th Infantry Battalion at Fort Bragg as a TOW gunner and squad leader and then as an aircraft power plant repairer with the 601st Aviation Support Battalion at Katterbach, Germany.

In 2000, Stevenson successfully completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky.

There, he served as a weapons and intelligence sergeant and deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In May 2006, Stevenson was assigned as a special operations team member, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, where he deployed an additional four times to Iraq and two times to Afghanistan.

He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

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Omar enlisted in the Army in October 2001. In 2005 he joined the Nebraska National Guard's 134th Infantry Detachment in Crete and transferred to several Nebraska units in North Platte, Ogallala and Kearney. His current deployment was his third. He served two tours in Iraq.


Omar lived in Bogota, Colombia, for much of his childhood. He came back to America when he was 14 and enlisted in the Army when he was 18.


Family members stated that he loved being a soldier. He was a good soldier, a good husband and a very good man.


Military officials describe Omar as a very caring person who would go out of his way to help anyone.


Omar is survived by numerous loving relatives and friends including his wife, Ava, son Malachi and daughter Airiana.

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They died July 19 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Both Staff Sgt. James M. Christen, 29, of Loomis, California and Sgt. Jacob Molina, 27, of Houston, Texas were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Staff Sgt. Christen's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (both posthumous), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star, Iraq Campaign with Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Profession Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

This was Staff Sgt. Christen's third deployment overseas. He previously served two tours in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Christen enlisted in the U.S. Army June 22, 2000 as an Infantryman.

Sgt. Jacob Molina's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), Purple Heart (posthumous), Combat Infantryman Badge (posthumous), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon.

This was Sgt. Molina's second deployment overseas. He previously served one tour in Iraq. Sgt. Molina enlisted in the U.S. Army February 15, 2007 as an Infantryman.

Both Soldiers were married.