A Moment of Silence

July 27, 2009  Moment of Silence

A Moment of Silence was started to honor every American service member Killed-in-Action during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with a Moment of Silence from this day forward.

Every Monday from 6:00-6:01 PM (CST) we ask that you pause for a Moment of Silence for our heroes that have been Killed-in-Action.

The first listing is in full- the second listing is Twitter compatable. Please Retweet. Also hit the share button to share this list with others.

RIP: Spc. Herberth A. Berrios-Campos, 21, of Bealeton, Va., died July 24 in Salman Pak, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. 

RIP: Marine who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher, 27, of Oneida, N.Y., and Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos, 21, of Yarmouth Port, Mass., died July 23 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

RIP: Sgt. Ryan H. Lane, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died July 23 of wounds suffered while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

RIP: Soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 22 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an IED detonated near their vehicle. They were assigned to the 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colo. Killed were: Sgt. Joshua J. Rimer, 24, of Rochester, PA., and Spc. Randy L.J. Neff, Jr., 22, of Blackfoot, Idaho.

RIP: Spc. Raymundo P. Morales, 34, of Dalton, Ga., died July 21 in Methar Lam, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over. He was assigned to the 148th Brigade Support Battalion, Cedartown, Ga. 

RIP: Four soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 20 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. They were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery (STRIKE), 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y. 

Killed were: 

Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr., 24, of Garland, Texas. 

Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, 20, of Riverdale, Ga. 

Spc. Andrew J. Roughton, 21, of Houston, Texas. 

Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt, 34, of Duncan, Okla.

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#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Cpl. Nicholas G. Xiarhos, 21, of Yarmouth Port, MA 7/23 in Helmand, ASTAN. Camp Lejeune, N.C.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Lasher, 27, of Oneida, N.Y 7/23 Helmand, ASTAN. Camp Lejeune, N.C.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Sgt. Ryan H. Lane, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pa., 7/23 in Helmand, ASTAN. Camp Lejeune, N.C.

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Spc. Randy L.J. Neff, Jr., 22, of Blackfoot, ID 7/22 in Zabul, ASTAN. 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Sgt. Joshua J. Rimer, 24, of Rochester, PA  7/22 in Zabul, ASTAN. 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Spc. Raymundo P. Morales, 34, of Dalton, Ga 7/21 in Methar Lam, ASTAN. 148th BGD Support BTL, Cedartown, Ga

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr., 24, of Garland, TX 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y. 

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Spc. Anthony M. Lightfoot, 20, of Riverdale, Ga. 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y. 

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST:  Spc. Andrew J. Roughton, 21, of Houston, TX 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y. 

#MilitaryMon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm CST: Pfc. Dennis J. Pratt, 34, of Duncan, Okla. 7/20 in Wardak, ASTAN. Fort Drum, N.Y. 

#miltiarymon Moment of Silence 6-6:01 pm (CST) RIP: Spc. Herberth A. Berrios-Campos, 21,Bealeton, Va., 7/24 Salman Pak, Iraq, Fort Bragg

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Oregon Guard Readies for Iraq Deployment

Found this in Tim King’s article in the Salem News. 

Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard, and Col. Dan Hokanson, 41 IBCT commander, conduct a pass and review of the 41 IBCT as they prepare to depart for deployment to Iraq, July 3rd 2009.

Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard, and Col. Dan Hokanson, 41 IBCT commander, conduct a pass and review of the 41 IBCT as they prepare to depart for deployment to Iraq, July 3rd 2009.

(FORT STEWART Ga.) – Oregon National Guard soldiers with the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team were honored during a special sendoff ceremony Friday in Fort Stewart Georgia.

 

Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, Georgia, are typically the last stateside bases for U.S. Army soldiers headed to Iraq, where final preparations, training and mobilization take place.

The roughly 3,500 41st IBCT Oregon soldiers are preparing to spend about a year in Iraq, where the U.S. presence is quickly drawing back after the recent July 1st deadline to vacate Iraq’s major cities.

The soldiers with the 41st will be responsible for convoy escort duty in what will obviously be a very different Iraqi landscape from what most U.S. troops have seen here.

Many of these soldiers have deployed to Iraq in the past, and almost a thousand were activated and sent to Afghanistan in a deployment that saw their return in 2007.

While deployed in the war theaters, Oregon soldiers like those of the 41st IBCT are known for providing humanitarian aid for local people and in one case that I witnessed first-hand, members of the 41st were spending their one “low tempo” day a week helping out with the restoration of a Women & Children’s Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, as shown in the story to the immediate left.

It is also worth noting that a large percentage of these “citizen soldiers” comprising this Tigard, Oregon based National Guard unit, are highly experienced and decorated combat veterans.

In fact several books could be written about the accomplishments of these tried and proven soldiers.

Read more of this article here > SALEM NEWS

What they didn’t mention in the article is how Soldiers’ Angels will be helping.  If you live in Oregon, join Soldiers’ Angels  and help support the brave men and women who serve our Country and essentially the world.  We have a great team here in Oregon!