Thursday, April 26, 2012

Army Staff Sgt. Brandon F. Eggleston

Remember Our Heroes

Army Staff Sgt. Brandon F. Eggleston, 29, of Candler, N.C.

SSgt Eggleston was assigned to 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died April 26, 2012 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Navy Lt. Christopher Mosko and Army Sgt. Dick Lee Jr.

Staff Sgt. Eggleston attended Western Carolina University and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

He enlisted in the Army in July 2006. Upon completion of basic training and advanced individual training, he attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course. He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in March 2009 and was assigned to 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg as a Special Forces communications sergeant.

His military education also includes the U.S. Army Airborne School, Advanced Leaders Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Combatives Course Level 1, Survival, Evasion and Resistance Course, the Special Forces Qualification Course and the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat course.

Eggleston's awards and decorations include:

Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 2 device
Army Service Ribbon
NATO Medal
Parachutist Badge
Special Forces tab.

He will be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a third campaign star and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Surviving Staff Sgt. Eggleston are his wife, Karen Reames Eggleston of Raeford; two daughters, Molly Eggleston and Avery Eggleston of Raeford; his mother, Alisa Moody and her husband Paul of Pearisburg, Va; a sister, Erica Eggleston of Pearisburg; and his grandparents, Roy and Vicky Eggleston of Eden.

Army Staff Sgt. Brandon F. Eggleston was killed in action on 4/26/12.

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