Release Nr: 1111-02
November 3, 2011
Fort Drum Public Affairs
10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Sunday October 30 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.
Killed is Staff Sergeant Ari R. Cullers, age 28, of New London, CT. He was a wheeled vehicle mechanic with 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
Cullers joined the Army in October 2004. After training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, he was assigned to Camp Kyle, Korea and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Cullers arrived at Fort Drum in December 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan from December 2008 to December 2009 and deployed with his unit in March 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Cullers' awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Certificate of Achievement, the Combat Action Badge, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge. He completed the Field Sanitation Team Certificate, Combat Life Savers Course, Sling Load Inspector Certificate, and the Warrior Leadership Course.
Cullers is survived by his mother and father.