2nd Combat Engineer BN

 

2nd Combat Engineer BN

2nd Marine Division

Camp Lejeune, NC
Lance Corporal Alejandro Jay Yazzie
Lance Corporal Alejandro Jay Yazzie was born on 13 April 1986 and grew up near Rock Point Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. He is a 2004 graduate of Rock Point High. Private Yazzie entered the Marine Corps on 15 September 2008. He attended recruit training at MCRD San Diego, California and graduated in December 2008. Immediately following graduation from recruit training, Private Yazzie attended Marine Combat Training (MCT) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. In February 2009, upon completing MCT, Private First Class Yazzie reported to The Basic Combat Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or 1371, Combat Engineer.

Private First Class Yazzie reported to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton California in May of 2009 to assume his duties as a United Sates Marine Corps Combat Engineer. There he was assigned to 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. Private First Class Yazzie eagerly performed his duties as he quickly mastered the skill of his Military Occupational Specialty. His hard work and noteworthy performance earned him a promotion to Lance Corporal in November 2009. Lance Corporal Yazzie was deployed to Afghanistan in January of 2010. During combat operations in support of operation “Moshtarak” in Helmand Provence Afghanistan, Alejandro Yazzie courageously fought and died for his country. 

Lance Corporal Yazzie’s awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Service Medal, the Global War on terrorism Service Medal and the NATO “International Security Assistance Force” Medal. 

Lance Corporal Yazzie was a proud member of his Native American Navajo Tribe. He was married to the former Kalandra Ray Roanhorse from Rock Point, Arizona. Their son, Alejandro Yazzie Jr. was born 31 July of 2010.
Lance Corporal Cesar F. Machadoolmos
Lance Corporal Cesar F. Machadoolmos was a Hygiene Equipment Operator with Utilities Platoon, Engineer Support Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and was attached to Company C, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion in support of First Battalion, Eight Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Operating in the vicinity of Haditha City, Al Anbar Province, First Battalion, Eight Marines mission was to deny insurgents safe haven throughout the region.

On 13 September 2004, Lance Corporal Machadoolmos was serving as a Marine Rifleman providing convoy security. During an evening mission, Lance Corporal Machadoolmos’ tactical convoy was delivering much needed combat supplies to distant outposts. While traversing the dangerous city streets, Lance Corporal Machadoolmos vehicle overturned and he was mortally wounded.

Lance Corporal Machadoolmos was born on 20 September 1983 in Los Mochis Sin, Mexico. He joined the Marine Corps on 24 August 2001 and reported to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion for duty as a Hygiene Equipment Operator 5 July 2002. Lance Corporal Machadoolmos was a skilled and proven Marine. He will be remembered for courageous service and unyielding loyalty to his fellow Marines. His accomplishments and warrior spirit will forever grace the passage spaces of 2d Combat Engineer Battalion.
Lance Corporal Joshua E. Lucero

Lance Corporal Joshua E. Lucero was a Combat Engineer with 1st Platoon, Company C, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and was attached to Bravo Company, First Battalion, Eight Marines during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  Lance Corporal Lucero fought in combat during the fight for Fallujah in November 2004.  First Battalion, Eight Marines was one of the lead battalions to enter the city Al Fallujah to destroy the insurgent’s safe haven.  During the assault, his platoon in concert with Bravo Company, conducted numerous combat assaults through the city clearing block-by-block and house by house.  The fighting was intense, but the outcome was never in question.

On 27 November, Lance Corporal Lucero and his squad were assigned to an assault platoon tasked with clearing several dwellings.  Early in the assault, Lance Corporal Lucero was grazed by an enemy bullet. But continued the attack with his squad.  Upon entering a dwelling, the Marines came under heavy fire by several insurgents.  Lance Corporal Lucero was mortally wounded while returning fire.

Lance Corporal Lucero was born on 30 May 1985 in Tucson, Arizona.  He joined the Marine Corps on 6 September 2002 and reported to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion for duty as a Combat Engineer in January 2003.  Lance Corporal Lucero was skilled and proven sapper.  He will be remembered for his enthusiasm and his ability to make others smile and laugh regardless of the situation.  His accomplishments and warrior spirit will forever grace the passage spaces of 2d Combat Engineer Battalion.

Staff Sergeant David H. Stewart

Staff Sergeant David H. Stewart was born on May 13, 1980.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on February 3, 2000.  After boot camp, Staff Sergeant Stewart checked into 4th Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) and stayed with 4th CEB until June 30, 2005.  Staff Sergeant Stewart completed one deployment to Iraq with 4th CEB.  On August 23, 2005 Staff Sergeant Stewart reported for duty at 4st CEB and was on station until June 14, 2008.  Staff Sergeant Stewart completed two deployments in Iraq with 1st CEB.  After successfully completed his tour with 1st CEB, Staff Sergeant Stewart was selected and then reported for Drill Instructor Duty on July 8, 2008.  He served as a Senior Drill Instructor and also the Voice of Parris Island until 2013.  Staff Sergeant Stewart’s final reporting duty would become 2d CEB.  Staff Sergeant Stewart completed two deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 14.1 with 2d CEB.

On June 20, 2014 Staff Sergeant Stewart was assigned to gun truck two as the vehicle commander.  From April to June, his platoon conducted 14 route clearance missions, clearing 556 kilometers of battle space and ensuring mobility for seven separate units in Helmand Province.  On June 20, 2014 his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting route clearance operations in the village of Showal, Nad Ali District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Stewart and two other Marines were killed by a blast.

Staff Sergeant Stewart’s awards consist of a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Nato Medal – ISAF Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Andrew J. Kilpela

Lance Corporal Andrew J. Kilpela was a Combat Engineer with 2d Platoon, Company A, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and was attached to Company A, First Battalion, Six Marines during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.   Lance Corporal Kipela deployed to the theater of operations in March 2005 and supported numerous combat operations in support of 2d Marine Division while attached to First Battalion, Sixth Marines. 

On 10 June 2005, Lance Corporal Kilpela and his squad were conducting a dismounted patrol in the City of Saqlawiyah, just north of Fallujah in the Al Anbar Province.  During this mission, an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle he was operating, mortally wounding him and another Marine in his platoon.

Lance Corporal Kilpela was born on 21 July 1982 in Wayne County, Michigan.  He joined the Marine Corps on 17 October 2002 and reported to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion for duty as a Combat Engineer in May 2004.  Lance Corporal Kilpela was a skilled and proven sapper who enjoyed music and poetry.  His accomplishments and warrior spirit will forever grace the passage spaces of 2d Combat Engineer Battalion.

Corporal Joshua S. Wilfong

Corporal Joshua S. Wilfong was a Combat Engineer with Company A, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and was attached to Company D, 2d Light Armored Battalion, 1st Regimental Combat Team during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II.  Lance Corporal Wilfong fought in combat as a Combat Engineer Scout with 2d Light Armored Battalion in the Al Anbar Province with the mission to stabilize and secure the region.

On 30 April 2004, Corporal Wilfong along with Company D, 2d Light Armored Battalion was on a routine mission to provide security along major supply routes.  During this mission, the column of Light Armored Vehicles came under attack by insurgents.  In the ensuing engagement, a vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated alongside Corporal Wilfong’s vehicle where he fell mortally wounded.

Corporal Wilfong was born on 28 August 1981 in Wood, West Virginia.  He joined the Marine Corps on 10 July 2000 and reported to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion for duty as a Combat Engineer on 1 February 2001.  Corporal Wilfong was on his second combat tour in Iraq in which he volunteered for.  He was a skilled and proven Sapper.

Corporal Wilfong will be remembered for his selflessness and commitment to his fellow Marines.  His accomplishments and warrior spirit will forever grace the passage spaces of 2d Combat Engineer Battalion.

Corporal Brandon J. Garabrant

Corporal Brandon J. Garabrant was born on November 11, 1994.  Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, he reported for duty at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina on march 11, 2013.  After boot camp Corporal Garabrant reported to Basic Marine Corps Combat Engineer Instruction Company on July 24, 2013.  Upon completion of Basic Marine Corps Combat Engineer Course, Corporal Garabrant reported for duty at 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Corporal Garabrant checked into Mobility Assault Company on November 6, 2013.  He was immediately placed in Route Clearance Platoon 3, and slated for the upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 14.1.  Corporal Garabrant prepared for deployment by taking part in the Integrated Training Exercise in Twenty-nine Palms, California in January 2014.  Upon completion of all required pre-deployment training, Corporal Garabrant departed to Afghanistan.

On June 20, 2014 Corporal Garabrant was assigned to gun truck two as the machine gunner.  From April to June, his platoon conducted 14 route clearance missions, clearing 556 kilometers of battle space and ensuring mobility for seven separate units in Helmand Province.  On June 20, 2014 his vehicle was stuck by an improvised explosive device while conducting route clearance operations in the village of Showal, Nad Ali District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  Corporal Garabrant and two other Marines were killed by the blast. Corporal Garabrant’s awards consist of a e Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, and the NATO MEDAL-ISAF Afghanistan.

Corporal Adam F. Wolff

Corporal Adam F. Wolff was born on July 16, 1988. After enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California on December 10, 2012. Upon graduation, Corporal Wolff received orders to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to Marine Corps Combat Engineer Instruction Company on April 4, 2013. Corporal Wolff was assigned to Route Clearance Platoon 3, Mobility Assault Company on August 1, 2013 where he began the pre-deployment training cycle in preparation for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 14.2. The training cycle included the Integrated Training Exercise in Twenty Nine Palms, Californian during January and February 2014.

Upon completion of training, Corporal Wolff deployed to Helmand Province Afghanistan. Corporal Wolff arrived in Afghanistan on April 7, 2014 and was assigned to the platoon’s second gun truck as the vehicle’s driver. From April to June his platoon conducted 14 route clearance missions, clearing 556 kilometers of battle space and ensuring mobility for seven separate units in Helmand Province. On June 20, 2014, his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting route clearance operations in the village of Showal, Nad Ali District Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Corporal Wolff and two other Marines were killed by the blast. Corporal Wolff’s awards include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global war on Terrorism Medal, the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Lance Corporal Nicholas Kleiboeker

Lance Corporal Nicholas Kleiboeker was a Combat Engineer with Second Platoon, Company B, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and was attached to First Battalion, Fourth Marines during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  Lance Corporal Kleiboeker fought in combat in An Nasiriyah, Al Hayy, Ah Shatra, Al Kut, An Numinayah, and finally into Baghdad.  During the assault, his platoon conducted several bridge reconnaissance, constructed several obstacles, conducted one river crossing site reconnaissance, and led the battalion into urban combat by performing urban mobility breaching techniques.  Following the assault phase of the war, First battalion, Fourth Marines was ordered to conduct Security and Stability Operations in Al Hillah, a large city south of Babylon.

While Lance Corporal Kleiboeker was working in a bunker within a captured enemy ammunition depot on 13 May 2003, a propellant fire broke out.  Lance Corporal Kleiboeker was trapped inside the bunker as it was engulfed in flames and the bunker eventually exploded.  Members of the platoon attempted to rescue Lance Corporal Kleiboeker from the bunker, but all attempts failed as the fire was too hot and the bunker began to explode.

Lance Corporal Kleiboeker was born on 6 June 1983 in Dreese, Illinois and was raised in Iuka, Illinois.  He joined the Marine Corps on 10 Oct 2001 and reported to 2d CEB for duty as a Combat Engineer on 25 May 2002.  Lance Corporal Kleiboeker was a skilled, professional warrior, but will also be remembered for the smile on his face and his ability to keep those around him laughing.  Lance Corporal Kleiboeker’s proficiency, tireless work ethic and gung-ho manner were great contributions to the unit’s success.

Lance Corporal Franklin N. Watson
Lance Corporal Franklin N Watson was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee on April 6, 1990, and raised in Vonore, Tennessee. He graduated from Sequoyah High School in 2008. Enlisting in the Marine Corps, he reported for duty at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina on July 12, 2010. After completion of Marine Combat Training and the Basic Marine Corps Engineer Course, he reported for duty with 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, Knoxville, Tennessee. Lance Corporal Watson reported to Delta Company, 4th CEB in 2010 and was activated in May of 2011 for duty in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. After participating in Enhanced Mojave Viper (EMV) training and Pre Deployment Training at Camp Lejeune, he deployed with 2d Platoon, Alpha Company, 4th CEB to Afghanistan. Once in Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Watson and the rest of his platoon became part of Charlie Company, 2d CEB. On 24 September 2011, Lance Corporal Watson was providing mobility support as lead sweeper to a foot mobile patrol, in direct support of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines. LCpl Watson was sweeping for a patrol of Marines when they came under precision small arms fire. LCpl Watson was hit on the initial burst of fire from the enemy. As a result of this, he received a gunshot wound to the chest. Lance Corporal Watson succumbed to his wounds at 1559.
Robert S. Greniger
Robert S. Greniger was born 1 April 1990, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Rockford, Minnesota. He attended Rockford High School and graduated in June 2009. Private Greniger attended recruit training November of 2009 aboard MCRD San Diego. After completion of Marine Combat Training and the Basic Marine Corps Engineer Course he reported for duty with 2d Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB), 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune. Private First Class Greniger reported to Alpha Company, 2d CEB in early 2010 and spent the better part of a year preparing for the company’s deployment to Afghanistan. After participating in Enhance Mojave Viper (EMV) training he deployed with 2d Platoon, Alpha Company to Afghanistan in order to participate in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Once in Afghanistan Lance Corporal Greniger and the rest of his platoon became part of Charlie Company, 2d CEB. On 12 July 2011, Lance Corporal Greniger was participating in a dismounted foot mobile security patrol in support of Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in the Sangin District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. As his duty required, he was performing as the “point man” on the patrol clearing a path with his Vallon metal detector. At 1415, Lance Corporal Greniger was struck by a pressure plate initiated improvised explosive device (IED). As a result of the blast he suffered the loss of three extremities and massive trauma. Lance Corporal Greniger was medically evacuated to Bastion Role III hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Lance Corporal Greniger is survived by his wife, mother, step-father, biological father, three sisters and brother.
Lance Corporal Joshua B. McDaniels
Lance Corporal Joshua B. McDaniels wasborn on 14 April 1990 in London, Ohio. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program on 18 June 2009 and began recruit training on 3 November 2009 aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. After graduation then Private First Class McDaniels attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger and Basic Engineer School both aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After completing Combat Engineer School, Private First Class McDaniels reported for duty on 10 March 2010 with Alpha Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. For the remainder of 2010 Private First Class McDaniels actively participated in pre-deployment training including Enhanced Mojave Viper with his platoon preparing for his first deployment to Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On 1 January 2011 Private First Class McDaniels was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal and in March of 2011 Lance Corporal McDaniels along with the rest of his combat engineer platoon deployed to Afghanistan in direct support of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines (1/5). While deployed in support of Bravo Company Lance Corporal McDaniels was assigned to Patrol Base Fires. Lance Corporal McDaniels took part in 65 combat foot mobile patrols serving as the “point man” providing mobility with the use of his Vallon metal detector. He was involved in four separate patrols with direct enemy contact and was personally responsible for eight Improvised Explosive Device (IED) finds. When Lance Corporal McDaniels was not on patrol sweeping for IED’s he spent his time teaching his brothers in Bravo Company current tactics, techniques and procedures used to counter the ever present IED threat. On 12 June 2011, while conducting a dismounted foot patrol in support of Bravo Company 1/5 Lance Corporal McDaniels was again serving as the point man in order to clear the path for his fellow Marines, he was exposed to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the vicinity of Patrol Base Fires; the IED took his life. Lance Corporal McDaniels is survived by his wife.
Lance Corporal Ronald D. Freeman
Lance Corporal Ronald D. Freeman was born on 23 January 1986 in Tampa, Florida. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program on 18 July 2008 and attended recruit training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina on 9 September 2008. After graduation, Private First Class Freeman attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger and Basic Engineer School both aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After completing Combat Engineer School, Private First Class Freeman reported for duty on 8 May 2009 with Alpha Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. For all of 2010 Lance Corporal Freeman actively participated in pre-deployment training including Enhanced Mojave Viper with his platoon preparing for his first deployment to Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In March of 2011 LCpl Freeman along with the rest of his combat engineer platoon deployed to Afghanistan in direct support of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines (1/5). While deployed in support of Alpha Company LCpl Freeman was assigned to Patrol Base Wishtan. LCpl Freeman took part in 20 foot mobile patrols serving as the “point man” providing mobility with the use of his Vallon metal detector. He was personally responsible for nine Improvised Explosive Device (IED) finds. LCpl Freeman played an integral part in confirming an IED “belt” that yielded the reduction of six IED’s in one compound and identified a 40lb Home Made Explosive (HME) IED with an offset pressure plate intended for use against a vehicle; the largest IED found in his area of operations thus far. When LCpl Freeman was not on point sweeping for IED’s he spent his time teaching his brothers in Alpha Company 1/5 current tactics, techniques and procedures used to counter the ever present IED threat. On 23 April 2011, while conducting a dismounted foot patrol in support of Alpha Company 1/5 Lance Corporal Freeman was again serving as the point man in order to clear the path for his fellow Marines, he was exposed to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the vicinity of patrol base Wishtan; the IED took his life. Lance Corporal Freeman is survived by his wife and young children.
Staff Sergeant Jason A. Rogers
Staff Sergeant Jason A. Rogers was born on 9 April 1982 in Brandon, Mississippi. He joined the Marine Corps on 3 March 2003 and attended recruit training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. After graduation then Private First Class Rogers attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger and Basic Engineer School both aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After completing his initial training Private First Class Rogers reported for duty with 3rd Combat Assault Battalion (3rd CAB), Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan in September of 2003. While assigned to 3rd CAB and serving as a Combat Engineer, Lance Corporal Rogers deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and participated in Operation Phantom Fury with both Regimental Combat Teams 1 and 7. In September of 2005 once his tour was completed at 3rd Combat Assault Battalion Lance Corporal Rogers transferred to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In March of 2007 Corporal Rogers deployed for the second time in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On 15 Jan 2008 Sgt Rogers transferred to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, 2d Marine Division for duty as Combat Engineer and Squad Leader. While serving in 2d Combat Engineer Battalion Sergeant Rogers deployed with Alpha Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In June of 2010 Sergeant Rogers transferred to Charlie Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and immediately began preparation for his second tour in Afghanistan. On 23 February 2011 Staff Sergeant Rogers deployed to Afghanistan as platoon guide with 3rd platoon, Charlie Company in direct support of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines. In late March 2011 Staff Sergeant Rogers was selected to supervise a squad of combat engineers from 3rd platoon in a combined operation including route clearance elements from Mobile Assault Company, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion and a Company from the 32nd Georgian Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 8. Staff Sergeant Rogers and his squad conducted several days of rehearsal in preparation for the mission and on 4 April 2011 departed for the Ladaar Bazaar in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. On 7 April 2011 several Marines from Mobile Assault Company we struck and injured by and Improvised Explosive Device (IED). While the Marines reacted to the mass casualty, Staff Sergeant Rogers and his squad remained in place providing security as they were surrounded by confirmed IED’s emplacements. An IED near Staff Sergeant Rogers’s squad detonated seriously injuring two of his Marines. Without hesitation Staff Sergeant Rogers attended his Marines and began performing first aid. When it came time to move the injured Marines to be medically evacuated, Staff Sergeant Rogers immediately picked up a Vallon metal detector and swept ahead of the Marines being evacuated, clearing their way. As he swept the path clear for his Marines Staff Sergeant Rogers located an IED and subsequently the IED that SSgt Rogers confirmed took his life. Staff Sergeant Rogers personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with (4) Gold Stars and the Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star. Staff Sergeant Rogers is survived by his wife.
Corporal Joseph C. Whitehead
Corporal Joseph C. Whitehead was born on 12 January 1989. He reported for recruit training with 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, SC, on 28 August 2007. After graduating from recruit training, Corporal Whitehead attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger and Marine Combat Engineer School aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After completing his initial training, Corporal Whitehead reported for duty with 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, Second Marine Division, on 1 July 2008. During his time with the battalion Corporal Whitehead deployed in May 2009 and January 2010 with Bravo Company in support of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. During his 2010 deployment he took part in Haiti relief operations. After his time in Bravo Company, Corporal Whitehead was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company where he immediately began training for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. On 8 December 2010, Corporal Whitehead and the Marines from 2nd Platoon deployed to Afghanistan in direct support of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines. On 17 January 2011, Corporal Whitehead discovered an improvised explosive device while conducting a dismounted patrol in the city of Marjah; the device exploded and took his life. Corporal Whitehead was a true leader, a coach, mentor, and a positive role model for younger Marines. He taught his Marines to be at the point of friction, telling them that “someone has to man it.” Corporal Whitehead’s Marines knew that no matter what situation they were in, together they would find their way out. Corporal Whitehead took great pride in being a Marine and impressed everyone that knew him with his desire to serve his country and protect his family; it was our privilege to serve with him. Corporal Joseph C. Whitehead was a true American, an excellent Marine, and though he is gone, he will never be forgotten.
Corporal Jacob H. Turbett
Cpl Jacob H. Turbett was a combat proven Marine from 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion. He was attached to 1st Battalion 6th Marines for combat operations in Southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Corporal Turbett conducted combat engineer operations in support of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 6th Marines in Marjeh, Southern Helmand Province. During the deployment he conducted improvised explosive device identification training with 2d Combat Engineer Battalion at Camp Leatherneck, taught the company he supported metal detector operations conducted several combat patrols and swept for numerous improvised explosive device. On 13 February 2010, Corporal Turbett was part of a large breach and hellebore assault operation into the city of Marjeh to clear the city of enemy fighters. During the operation, Corporal Turbett lead from the front by utilizing small foot mobile assault bridges and anti-personnel obstacle breaching systems to support the assault and mobility to the company he supported. His actions that day embodied the engineer spirit of, “Engineers Lead the Way.” During the assault Corporal Turbett became the victim of a gunshot wound by an enemy sniper. Corporal Turbett succumbed to his wounds on the battlefield and was later medically evacuated to Camp Dwyer. Corporal Turbett was a highly motivated and dedicated Marine. He was a loving husband and devoted son. He was a man of quiet conviction, steadfast determination and an unquenchable thirst for life. His Marine Corps career was made up of outstanding performance and unquestionable loyalty. His memory will be carried with the members of the 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company and all of 2d Combat Engineer Battalion; a life-long friend.
Sergeant Jeremy R. McQueary
Sgt Jeremy R. McQueary was a combat proven Motor Transport operator and vehicle recovery expert from 2d Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) assigned to Route Clearance Platoon-3, Mobility Assault Company (MAC) and was in support of the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan for our current combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sergeant McQueary conducted mounted and dismounted combat operations in support of Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha Unit 3121 in Marjeh, Helmand Province. During the deployment he supported every mounted and dismounted patrol, he provided security for Combat Engineer V-sweep operations and weapons cache searches within the local compounds and bazaars, served on the QRF force, as well as performing traditional rifleman tasks and post security. On 18 February 2010, Sergeant McQueary was conducting a search of the local bazaar in a high threat location within Marjeh. During the search, Sergeant McQueary led from the front, embodying the Non-Commissioned Officer ethos and “warrior spirit”. The patrol stopped at a door that was wired with an Improvised Explosive Device and it detonated when the door was opened. Sergeant McQueary was a victim of that Improvised Explosive Device and succumbed to his wounds. Sergeant McQueary was a highly motivated and dedicated professional Marine Non-Commissioned Officer that was always leading Marines from the front any time and any place. He was also a loyal, devoted husband and father whose flame will continue to burn in the memories of all who knew him and every 2d Combat Engineer Battalion Marine from past, present, and future. Sergeant Jeremy McQueary; a husband, a father, a son and above all, a United States Marine.
Lance Corporal Larry M. Johnson
LCpl Larry M. Johnson was a combat proven sapper from, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB), Mobility Assault Company (MAC), Route Clearance Platoon-3 and was attached to 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan for our current combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Corporal Johnson conducted combat engineer operations in support of Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha Unit 3121 in Marjeh, Helmand Province. During the deployment he provided safe passage for mounted and dismounted patrols, operated a mine detector while conducting V-sweeps, and served on the QRF force, as well as performing traditional rifleman tasks such as security patrols, compound searches, and post security. On 18 February 2010, Lance Corporal Johnson was conducting a dismounted patrol in the high threat locations within Marjeh. During the patrol Lance Corporal Johnson was a member of a four man team, clearing through a local bazaar. The patrol was stopped when they arrived at a door that was wired with an Improvised Explosive Device that detonated. Lance Corporal Johnson was a victim of that Improvised Explosive Device and he succumbed to his wounds. Lance Corporal Johnson was a highly motivated and dedicated professional. A Marine in every sense of the word, he was always holding himself to the highest standard, willing and prepared to do whatever was needed to ensure mission accomplishment. He was also a devoted friend to all who knew him. His flame will continue to burn in the memories of all 2d Combat Engineer Battalion Marines, past, present, and future. Lance Corporal Larry M. Johnson, a sapper, a son, a brother, and above all a United States Marine.
Lance Corporal Omar G.D. Roebuck
LCpl Omar G. D. Roebuck was born 24 June 1986 in Torrance, CA. He attended March Mountain High School in Moreno Valley, CA. where he graduated in June 2004. He joined the Marine Corps on 3 November 2008. Upon graduation of recruit training, he attended MCT where he was the company honor-man for his class. Following MCT, he attended Engineer Equipment Mechanic School followed by Assault Breacher Vehicle Mechanic School. While attending his MOS schools, he was selected as the class leader for both classes. He was promoted, meritoriously, to Lance Corporal on 2 June 2009. Lance Corporal Roebuck joined 2d Combat Engineer Battalion on 22 August 2009. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 15 October 2009. Lance Corporal Roebuck was a member of Assault Breacher Platoon during combat Operation ‘Cobra’s Anger’ which took place in the NowZad Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Omar G. D. Roebuck joined the Marine Corps to obtain a level of discipline and camaraderie unknown to the average civilian. His hobbies included boxing and motorcycle riding, specifically street bikes. His long term goal in the Marine Corps was to retire a Sergeant Major in twenty years. Lance Corporal Roebuck was a highly motivated and truly dedicated professional who always put others before himself. He never hesitated to do whatever was needed for his fellow Marines or to accomplish the mission. He was also a faithful friend, devoted Christian, and an outstanding leader of Marines whose flame will continue to burn in the memories of all 2d Combat Engineer Battalion Marines, past, present, and future. On December 22, 2009 while in direct support of Combat Operations, LCpl Roebuck was involved in a maintenance accident with an M-88 aboard Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan where he succumbed to his injuries. Lance Corporal Roebuck is survived by his father, mother and his sister. His personal awards include the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Lance Corporal Omar G. D. Roebuck, a son, a brother, a friend, and above all: One of the Few, The Proud, A United States Marine.
Second Lieutenant Ian T. McVey
Second Lieutenant McVey was born on November 26, 1984. He was a lifelong resident of Weston, MA where he attended Weston public schools as a child. He was a 2003 graduate of the Rivers School in Weston and a 2007 graduate Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prior to being commissioned as a Marine officer. Upon graduation of the basic school (TBS) in 2007, he attended Combat Engineer School at Courthouse Bay, North Carolina. Upon completion of Combat Engineer School in May 2008, Second Lieutenant McVey received orders to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, 2d Marine Division where he was assigned as Platoon Commander, Assault Breaching Vehicle (ABV) platoon, Mobility Assault Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion. Second Lieutenant McVey is survived by his parents and his two brothers.
Lance Corporal Stroud
Lance Corporal Stroud was a combat proven Sapper from 3d Squad, 2d platoon, Charlie Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) and was attached to 2d Battalion 8th Marines for our current combat deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lance Corporal Stroud conducted combat engineer operations in support of Golf Co, 2d Battalion 8th Marines in Koshtay, Helmand Province. During the deployment he supported every patrol, with mine detector operations, construction of survivability positions, served on the QRF force as well as performing traditional rifleman tasks such as security patrols, compound searches and post security.

On 30 July 2009, Lance Corporal Stroud was conducting a dismounted patrol in the high threat locations within Koshtay. During the patrol, Lance Corporal Stroud lead from the front, embodying the engineer spirit of Engineers Lead the Way when the patrol was ambushed by an enemy squad reinforced. During the ambush Lance Corporal Stroud was the victim of a gunshot wound when the enemy fighters initiated the ambush, soon after he was med-evac'd to Camp Dwyer where he succumbed to his wounds.

Lance Corporal Stroud was a highly motivated and dedicated professional and was always willing and prepared to do whatever he needed for his fellow Marines. He was also a loyal, devoted husband whose flame will continue to burn in the memories of all 2d Combat Engineer Battalion Marines, past, present, and future.

Lance Corporal Jonathan Stroud, a sapper, a husband, a son, a brother, and above all a United States Marine.
Corporal Anthony L. Williams
Corporal Anthony L. Williams was a Combat Engineer with Route Clearance Platoon (RCP) 2, Mobility Assault Company (MAC), 2d Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) and was attached to 3d Battalion, 8th Marines during Operation Enduring Freedom. Corporal Williams deployed to theater of operations in February 2009 and supported numerous combat operations in support of the 2d Marine Division while attached to 3d Battalion, 8th Marines.

On 22 March 2009, Corporal Williams and his squad were conducting a dismounted patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Corporal Williams was serving as a member of a dismounted patrol when his patrol was attacked with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) wounding him and other Marines in his platoon. Corporal Williams was med-evac'd to Bastion Role 3 Medical Treatment Facility where he succumbed to his wounds on 22 March 2009.

Corporal Williams was born on 19 April 1987 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He joined the Marine Corps on 12 June 2006 and reported to 2d CEB for duty as a Combat Engineer in December 2008. Corporal Williams was a skilled and proven Combat Engineer. He will be remembered for his positive outlook on life, strength of character, and most importantly, his great sense of humor that kept all his fellow Marines laughing. His accomplishments and warrior spirit will forever grace the passage spaces of 2d CEB.
Sergeant Trevor Johnson
Sergeant Johnson was a Combat Engineer from 2d platoon, Alpha Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) and was attached to 3d Battalion 8th Marines for our current combat deployment to Afghanistan. Sergeant Johnson conducted combat engineer operations in support of Lima Co, 2d Battalioni 8th Marines in the town of Now Zad, Helmand Province. During the deployment his squad supported every patrol, both foot mobile and vehicle mounted, with mine detector sweeps in order to mitigate the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat and allow mobility for the infantry squads and scout sniper teams.

On 27 January 2009, Sergeant Johnson was conducting a dismounted route sweep for a patrol in order to provide mobility for the QRF in Now Zad. Sergeant Johnson had already discovered multiple IEDs that day which Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) rendered safe, and was returning to base when he received a hit on his metal detector. The IED detonated between Sergeant Johnson and Sergeant Wallace as they were marking hte spot for EOD, killing them both instantly.

Sergeant Johnson was an incredibly professional and dedicated squad leader who always kept his Marine's welfare as his highest priority. He was also a loyal, devoted husband and father who loved his wife and two children intenely. His leadership and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to know him.
Sergeant David Wallace
Sergeant Wallace was a Combat Engineer from 2d platoon, Alpha Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) and was attached to 3d Battalion 8th Marine Regiment for our current combat deployment to Afghanistan. Sergeant Wallace conducted mounted operations along Rte 515 in Farah Province and dismounted operations in the town of Now Zad, Helmand Province. During the deployment he ensured the readiness of the platoon's heavy equipment, supported both vehicle and foot mobile patrols in support of Weapons Company, India Company, and Lima Company of 3d Battalion 8th Marines, and led his squad in Heavy Equipment (HE) operations, maintenance, generator and electrical support.

On 27 January 2009, Sergeant Wallace was conducting a dismounted route sweep for a patrol in order to provide mobility for the QRF in Now Zad. Sergeant Wallace had assisted Sergeant Johnson in finding and marking several Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that day which Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) was able to render safe. He was marking an IED along with Sergeant Johnson when it detonated, killing them both instantly.

Sergeant Wallace was an oustanding Combat Engineer who had a personality which allowed him to easily make friends. He took great interest in developing his Marines and enjoyed working with them at any opportunity. He was a loving husband and father who would do anything for his family. His ability to always cheer up those around him will be sorely missed by all of us.
Lance Corporal Dale G. Peterson
Lance Corporal Dale G. Peterson was a Combat Engineer with 4th Platoon, Company C, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and was attached to Second Battalion, Sixth Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Corporal Peterson deployed to the theater of operations in March 2007 and supported numerous combat operations in support of the 2d Marine Division while attached to Second Battalion, Sixth Marines.

On 23 April 2007, Lance Corporal Peterson and his squad were conducting a vehicle mounted patrol in the City of Fallujah, in the Al Anbar Province. During this mission, an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle he was manning, mortally wounding him and wounding two other Marines in his platoon.

Lance Corporal Peterson was born on 7 September 1986 in Bend, Oregon. He joined the Marine Corps on 5 December 2005 and reported to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion for duty as a Combat Engineer in June 2006. Lance Corporal Peterson was a skilled and proven Sapper.He will be remembered for his enthusiasm, his broad smile and his ability to make others laugh. His accomplishments and warrior spirit will forever grace the passage spaces of 2d Combat Engineer Battalion.
Lance Corporal Johnathan E. Kirk
Lance Corporal Johnathan E Kirk was a Combat Engineer with 4th Platoon, Company C, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and was attached to Second Battalion, Sixth Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Corporal Kirk deployed to the theater of operations in March 2007 and supported numerous combat operations in support of the 2d Marine Division while attached to Second Battalion, Sixth Marines.

On 23 April 2007, Lance Corporal Kirk and his squad were conducting a vehicle mounted patrol in the City of Fallujah, in the Al Anbar Province. LCpl Kirk was serving as a vehicle gunner when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device wounding him and two other Marines in his platoon. LCpl Kirk was medevaced to Bethesda Naval Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds on 1 May 2007.

Lance Corporal Kirk was born on 24 March 1982 in Washington, North Carolina. He joined the Marine Corps on 17 January 2006 and reported to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion for duty as a Combat Engineer in July 2006. Lance Corporal Kirk was a skilled and proven Sapper. He will be remembered for his strength of character, positive outlook, and the distinctive North Carolina accent that he was so proud of. His accomplishments and warrior spirit will forever grace the passage spaces of 2d Combat Engineer Battalion.
Lance Corporal Bryan N. Taylor
Lance Corporal Bryan N. Taylor was a Combat Engineer with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and was attached to Weapons Company, First Battalion, Seventh Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Corporal Taylor deployed to the theater of operations in February 2006 and supported combat operations in support of the 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.

On 6 April 2006, Lance Corporal Taylor was conducting routine operations aboard Battle Position Tinian in the Al Anbar Province when he was mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire.

Lance Corporal Taylor was born on 2 October 1985 in Cincinnati ,Ohio. He joined the Marine Corps on 22 January 2005 and reported to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion for duty as a Combat Engineer in August 2005. Lance Corporal Taylor was a skilled and proven Sapper. He loved the outdoors and had a zeal for life. He will be remembered for his selflessness and his tremendous disposition. His accomplishments and warrior spirit will forever grace the passage spaces of 2d Combat Engineer Battalion.
Corporal Micahel B. Presley
Corporal Michael B. Presley was a Motor Transport Marine with Motor Transport Platoon, Support Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and was attached to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 8, 2d Marine Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Corporal Presley deployed to the theater of operations in September 2005 and supported numerous combat operations in support of the 2d Marine Division.

On 12 December 2005, Corporal Presley was a member of a tactical convoy delivering needed combat supplies to distant outposts. During this mission, a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated next to Corporal Presley's vehicle, severely wounding him. He was subsequently medevaced to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries on 14 December 2005.

Corporal Presley was born on 17 February 1984 in Oxford, Mississippi.He joined the Marine Corps on 22 September 2003. Corporal Presley served with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan and subsequently reported to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion for duty as a motor transport operator in March 2005. Corporal Presley was a skilled operator who will be remembered for his broad smile, love of life and his devotion to duty. His accomplishments and warrior spirit will forever grace the passage spaces of 2d Combat Engineer Battalion.
Lance Corporal Mario A. Castillo
Lance Corporal Mario A. "Happy" Castillo was a Combat Engineer with 2nd Platoon, Company A, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion and was attached to Company A, First Battalion, Sixth Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Corporal Castillo deployed to the theater of operations in March 2005 and supported numerous combat operations in support of the 2d Marine Division while attached to First Battalion, Sixth Marines.

On 10 June 2005, Lance Corporal Castillo and his squad were conducting a dismounted patrol in the City of Saqlawiyah, just north of Fallajuah in the Al Anbar Province. During this mission, an improvised explosive device struck the vehicle he was manning, mortally wounding him and another Marine in his platoon.

Lance Corporal Castillo was born on 25 January 1985 in Brown County, Texas. He joined the Marine Corps on 3 June 2003 and reported to 2d Combat Engineer Battalion for duty as a Combat Engineer in December 2003. Lance Corporal Castillo was a skilled and proven combat engineer.