White Sands Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Las Cruces – A White Sands Missile Range Soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom has died.

Sgt. Brian J. Pedro, 27, of Rosamond, Calif., died Oct. 2 in
Pol-e-Khumri, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked
his unit with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. He was
assigned to the Forward Support Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion. This
was his second combat tour to Afghanistan.

According to available records, Pedro was a Utilities Equipment Repairer
who came on active duty with the Army in Los Angeles in April 2006. He
was previously stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., Aberdeen Proving Ground,
Md., and Bamberg, Germany. Pedro's military education includes the
Airborne Course.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army
Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct
Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service
Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service
Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal. He will be
posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and Combat
Action Badge.

He is survived by his wife, parents and younger brother.

A memorial ceremony in honor of this fallen Soldier will be coordinated
and announced later.

Soldiers from the 2nd Engineer Battalion deployed to Afghanistan in