FORT BLISS — A Fort Bliss soldier who died in Germany on Tuesday was remembered by Major General Dana J.H. Pittard today.
Pvt. Jalfred D. Vaquerano died of injuries suffered from enemy small-arms fire while deployed in Logar Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.
“We the 1st Armored Division and Team Bliss are keeping Pvt. Vaquerano’s family, friends and fellow Soldiers in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," stated Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commanding general, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. "Keep all of our service members in your prayers and remember freedom is definitely not free,” he added.
Vaquerano, 20 of Apopka, Florida., was an Infantryman who entered the Army from Tampa, Florida in January 2011. He was previously stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. Vaquerano’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
A memorial ceremony in honor of this fallen Soldier will be coordinated and announced at a later date. Soldiers from the 3-1 BCT deployed to Southwest Asia in September and October 2011, to provide stability and security operations.