FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- U.S. Army Special Operations Command honors 13 Soldiers during the Fallen Soldier Memorial ceremony, May 30, at the Army Special Operations Forces Memorial Plaza.USASOC commander, Lt. Gen. Francis Beaudette, hosted the memorial ceremony attended by Soldiers, past and present, Family members and friends of SOF.
"We gather today to honor the lives and sacrifices of our fallen Heroes, who gave all in devoted service to our Nation," said Beaudette."Today, we add 13 new names to the Army Special Operations Memorial Wall, all Heroes, all sorely missed, all irreplaceable, all of them, our very best. Those names join a place of honor and legacy of service, unparalleled anywhere else. They are our legends, and this is how we remember them," Beaudette said.The Heroes added today are - Sgt. 1st Class Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne); Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, 1st Battalion., 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne); Staff Sgt. Alexander Warren Conrad, 1st Bn., 3rd SFG (A); Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, 1st Bn., 3rd SFG (A); Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Zachary Beal, 1st Bn., 3rd SFG (A); Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Robert Farmer, 3rd Battalion., 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne); Staff Sgt. Emil Rivera-Lopez, 3rd Battalionn., 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne); Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor James Galvin, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; Maj. Brent Taylor, Special Operations Joint Task Force (Utah Army National Guard), Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Celiz, 1st Battalion., 75th Ranger Regiment; Sgt. Cameron Alexander Meddock, 2nd Battalion., 75th Ranger Regiment; Sgt. Leandro Antonio Sleeper Jasso, 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment; and Master Sgt. Jonathan Jay Dunbar, Headquarters, USASOC."The USASOC Fallen Warrior Memorial Wall is our tribute to our 1,231 remarkable Heroes and their Families -- to them, their example, and their memory, this memorial is dedicated in enduring remembrance," Beaudette said. "We should ever be reminded by these Heroes that freedom isn't free."
Special Operations Soldiers assigned around the world stand resolute in protecting the freedoms of our Nation and work tirelessly to liberate the oppressed. Their accomplishments are a testament to the unwavering professionalism of the men and women who were honored here today.# # #