Posted at: 07/06/2013 12:18 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A White Sands Missile Range Soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom died July 4.
Pfc. Errol Duran Aster Milliard, 18, died in the city of Shewan, Farah Province, Afghanistan, when an enemy force attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.
He was assigned to the 595th Sapper Company, 2d Engineer Battalion. Milliard, of Birmingham, Ala., was a combat engineer and arrived on active duty with the Army in 2012. He deployed to Afghanistan in February 2013.
This was his first deployment.
Milliard is survived by his grandmother.
"We are deeply saddened and hurt by the loss of Pfc. Milliard. Without a doubt, we owe him and all of our brave men and women a deep debt of gratitude for their outstanding commitment, dedication and selfless service. Each and every day, they risk their lives in the fulfillment of their missions,” said White Sands Missile Range Commander Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham.
“I want Pfc. Milliard's Family to know that our comrade, Errol, made a positive difference daily; that we value his service and ultimate sacrifice and that we will never forget him or his Family. Indeed, it is a very sad day for all of us here at TEAM WSMR. I ask that you keep Pfc. Milliard's Family and all of our 2nd Engineer leaders, Soldiers, and Families in your continued thoughts and prayers."
A local memorial ceremony in honor of Pfc. Milliard is being coordinated and details will follow at a later date.