Today is Christmas Eve. A day we spend with family and friends and cherish what we have together. Many families have loved ones far away from home this week and some families have loved ones that will never return home. I know I say it all the time but let's please not forget the sacrifice these brave individuals have given to our great country. Our freedom is a gift we should never take for granted.

KIA States last week: NY-LA-TX

  • Marine Sgt. Michael J. Guillory

    Marine Sgt. Michael J. Guillory - KIA December 14, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 28, of Pearl River, La.; assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, Calif. KIA Dec. 14 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari

    Army Sgt. 1st Class Kevin E. Lipari - Died December 14, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 39, of Baldwin, N.Y.; assigned to HHC 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Bamberg, Germany; Died Dec.14 in Logar province, Afghanistan, in an incident that is under investigation.

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  • Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid

    Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid - Died December 13, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 26, of Rochester, N.Y.; assigned to the 53rd Ordnance Company (EOD), 3rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., KIA Dec. 13 in Landstuhl, Germany from wounds suffered on Dec. 9, in Sperwan Village, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

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  • Army Staff Sgt. Nelson D. Trent

    Army Staff Sgt. Nelson D. Trent - KIA December 13, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 37, of Austin, Texas; assigned to the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, Fort Worth, Texas; KIA Dec. 13 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

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