Before you eat your holiday dinner, before you unwrap your gifts and before you head out to visit relatives, take a moment to remember the brave men and women serving in Iraq; the men and women who protect our freedom to eat overcooked turkey and to spend time with annoying relatives. Happy Holidays.
Master Sgt. Joseph J. Andres, Jr., 34, of Seven Hills, Ohio, died in Balad, Iraq, on Dec. 24, of injuries sustained earlier that day in Baqubah, Iraq, when he was attacked by enemy forces during combat operations. Andres was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Sgt. Myla L. Maravillosa, 24, of Wahiawa, Hawaii, died in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Dec. 24, of injuries sustained earlier that day in Al Hawijah, Iraq, when her HMMWV was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades. Maravillosa was assigned to the C Company, 301st Military Intelligence Battalion,Honolulu, Hawaii.