2020 Casualties

We would like to Honor the memory of these heroes who lost their lives this year and Remember them specifically by name. Please pray for their families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

January 2020 Heroes

We remember these heroes who gave their life for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr., 23, from Evergreen Park, IL, was killed Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack in Manda Bay, Kenya.  He was supporting Operation Octave Shield.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, Fort Rucker, AL.

Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, VA, was killed Jan. 11, 2020 when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was conducting operations as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. He was assigned to 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon, 21, of Joliet, IL, was killed Jan. 11, 2020 when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was conducting operations as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. He was assigned to 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

Spc. Antonio I. Moore, 22, from Wilmington, NC., died January 24, 2020 in Deir ez Zor Province, Syria, during a rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to 363rd Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade, Knightdale, NC.

Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, 46, of Yigo, Guam.  He died January 27, 2020 in the crash of a Bombardier E-11A aircraft in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA.

Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, 30, of Hudson, NH. He died January 27, 2020 in the crash of a Bombardier E-11A aircraft in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD.

February 2020 Heroes

Sgt. 1st Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, TX was killed Feb 8, 2020, during an ambush attack in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rey Rodriguez, 28, of Las Cruces, NM was killed Feb 8, 2020, during an insider ambush attack in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball, 21, from Central Point, OR, died Feb. 12, 2020, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Drum, NY.

Pfc. Walter Lewark, 26, from Mountainair, NM died Feb. 13, 2020, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, from a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom-Horn of Africa.  He was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 200th Infantry Regiment, 93d Troop Command, New Mexico Army National Guard, Rio Rancho, NM.

March 2020 Heroes

Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo, 34, of Simi Valley, CA died March 8, 2020 while supporting Iraqi Security Forces in north central Iraq.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, NC.

Capt. Moises A. Navas, 34, of Germantown, MD died March 8, 2020 while supporting Iraqi Security Forces in north central Iraq.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, NC.

Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27, of Hanford, CA died March 11, 2020, when their units were engaged by enemy indirect fire at Camp Taji, Iraq.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, OK died March 11, 2020, when their units were engaged by enemy indirect fire at Camp Taji, Iraq.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard.

Sgt. 1st Class John David Randolph Hilty, 44, from Bowie, MD, died March 30, 2020 in Erbil, Iraq, of a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

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