Monday, May 09, 2011

Army Sgt. Ken K. Hermogino

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. Ken K. Hermogino, 30, of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Sgt Hermogino was assigned to 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died May 9, 2011 in Herat province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat vehicle accident.

Sgt Hermongino joined the Army on November 19, 2001, two months after the September 11 attacks. He joined his current unit last June just before the unit deployed to Afghanistan. He'd been in Afghanistan for 11 months and was due to come home in just a few weeks to be re-united with his wife, Monica, and 5-year-old son.

He and his wife were high school sweethearts and married shortly after they graduated from high school. They both joined the military, though Monica left when she had their son.

Sister-in-Law, Teresa Bruss, said, "He was very sweet and very talkative and fun and full of life. He truly enjoyed being in the military. He was very happy that he was on a great team and a great unit and serving his country. He was very proud about that."

He often practiced martial arts with his 5-year-old son, Bruss said, and was known to go off-roading in his spare time.

Last winter, he recorded Christmas greetings to his wife and son in Colorado Springs

Ken previously served in the Air Force. Awards and decorations include:

Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
(2) Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campain Star
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award
Air Force Training Ribbon
(2)NATO Medal
Combat Action Badge
Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-Wheeled Vehicles.

Sgt Hermogino is survived by his wife, Monica, and 5 yr old son, Kevin.

Army Sgt. Ken K. Hermogino was killed in a vehicle accident on 5/9/11.

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