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What is Memorial Day?
 
It is a special day set aside in America to remember the ultimate sacrifice given by men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.
 
We celebrate this day in different ways and these men’s and women’s sacrifice is what allows for us to do so. Camping, BBQ, traveling to be with relatives, cookouts, and fishing are just a few of the fun activities families will enjoy this treasured national holiday.
 
Here is just one hero among so many that given their lives so we can live in America where we pursue our passions without fear of oppression. While we were planning our upcoming Memorial Day Weekend Army Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras died May 13th from his injuries he received in a battle in Harat province, Afghanistan on May 6, 2014.
 
We honor Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras sacrifice by remembering all those who gave their lives in service this Memorial Day weekend.
 
There is a great place on the web to Honor the Fallen visit http://projects.militarytimes.com/valor/ and see who have fallen in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. This web site brings back into clear focus the real meaning of Memorial Day.
 
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras 
Died May 13, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
 
49, of Tucson, Ariz., died May 13 in San Antonio Military Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from wounds suffered May 6, in Harat province, Afghanistan, caused by enemy small-arms fire. He was assigned to 2nd Batalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
 
The senior enlisted soldier for 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment has died from wounds suffered in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Thursday.
 
Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Barreras, 49, of Tucson, Arizona, died Tuesday at San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas. He died from wounds suffered on May 6 in Herat province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire, according to information released by DoD.
 
Barreras became the top enlisted soldier for 2nd Battalion in March 2013. The unit is part of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas.
 
Elements of 2nd Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in December, according to information from the 1st Armored Division.
 
“Command Sgt. Maj. Barreras was my friend and battle buddy,” said Lt. Col. Edward Brady, the battalion commander, in a statement. “I’ve spent more time with him than my wife since I’ve taken command. I believe thatI was the luckiest battalion commander in the Army to have him as my command sergeant major.
 
“While every soldier in this formation is extremely saddened by his loss, his Bobcats are doing exactly what he would expect of us: continuing on with the mission and taking the fight to the enemy. This man would do absolutely anything and everything to ensure his soldiers came home safely.”
 
Barreras joined the Army in 1988 after serving in the Marine Corps for five years, according to information from the division.
 
He served for 22 years in the 75th Ranger Regiment, serving in 1st and 2nd Battalions, the Special Troops Battalion and the regimental headquarters.
 
In the Ranger Regiment, Barreras served in virtually every enlisted duty and leadership position and completed multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Restore/Uphold Democracy in Haiti, and other special operations contingency missions.
 
Following his time with the Ranger Regiment, Barreras was the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.
 
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with V device, Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with four stars, Combat Infantryman Badge with one star, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge with bronze star, Military Freefall Badge and Pathfinder Badge.
Barreras is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
Source (MilitaryTimes.com)

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