Staff Sergeant Roberto Loeza
DOD Identifies Army Casualty"He loved his country. He loved his family. He did this for his country and especially his family and his two children," said, Karina Loeza - Gasca, of her older brother, Army Staff Sergeant Roberto Loeza, 28, who was killed in Charkh in the Logar province, south of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on May 25th, when his unit was attacked. "He loved his job."
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Roberto Loeza, 28, of El Paso, Texas, died May 25 in Charkh, Logar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
Staff Sergeant Loeza was an infantryman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss. He deployed to Afghanistan last fall, and was supposed to be home in approximately a month.
"He had already shipped his things. He planned for things, but God had other plans. We were supposed to be planning his arrival, and now we are planning his funeral," his sister said.
Having wanted to be in the army since childhood, Staff Sergeant Loeza joined the army in 2002. During his time in, he had earned an Army Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was previously stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Bragg, NC, and Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion. His military education includes Airborne, Combat Lifesaver’s Course, Warrior Leader Course, Army Recruiter, Advance Leader Course, Combatives Level II, Airload Planners, Unit Movement Officers Course, and the Air Assault Course.
In addition to his sister, Staff Sergeant Loeza leaves behind his wife, a 7 year old son, a 4 year old daughter, his parents, and other family and friends who love him.
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