Release Nr: 1306-07
June 25, 2013
Fort Drum Public Affairs
10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team was killed in Sar Rowzah, Afghanistan, Sunday June 23 of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive devise while on mounted patrol.
Killed is Sergeant Javier Sanchez Jr., age 28, of Greenfield, California. He was an infantryman.
Sanchez joined the Army in August 2006; after training he was assigned to Smith Barracks, Germany and Fort Irwin, California. He arrived at Fort Drum in December 2011. Sanchez deployed to Iraq in April 2008 to May 2009. He
deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2013.
Sanchez's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense
Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He also
completed the Combat Life Savers and the Warrior Leader courses.
Sanchez is survived by his wife, mother, father, sister and brother.