Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Army Sgt. Carlos E. Gill

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. Carlos E. Gill, 25, of Fayetteville, N.C.

Sgt. Gill was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Jan. 26, 2010 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., of an illness. He was evacuated Dec. 19, 2009, from Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, where he was supporting combat operations.

A Fort Lewis soldier died of an illness Tuesday, a week after he was evacuated from Afghanistan, where he was serving with a Stryker brigade, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

Sgt. Carlos E. Gill, 25, of Fayetteville N.C., died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The Army did not disclose the nature of the illness.

Carlos Edward Gill had been evacuated from Kandahar Air Field on Dec. 19. He was assigned to the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Sgt. Gill was a member of the Stryker brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment.

Now about halfway through its year long deployment in southern Afghanistan, the Fort Lewis-based brigade has lost several troops. Thirty-one soldiers have been reported killed in action, most from explosions.

Sgt. Gill's awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

According to unit records, Gill enlisted January 12, 2005 at Fayetteville, N.C. Following basic training and Advanced Individual Training in Military Occupational Specialty 25U: Signal Support Systems Specialist, he reported to Yongsan, Korea on June 30, 2006. He was reassigned to Fort Lewis July 3, 2008 and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, The brigade deployed to Afghanistan in July, 2009. This was his first deployment.

Sgt. Gill's civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2002), the Military Occupational Specialty 25U: Signal Support Systems
Specialist (2006) and Warrior Leadership Course (2008).

Sgt. Gill is survived by his mother Cheryl Walker, father Clarence Gill, brother Christopher Gill, fiancee Rhea Irineo and baby daughter Kamora Victoria.

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