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Fallen Warrior: SSgt. Omar D. Flores

(Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Staff Sgt. Omar Flores was born in Mission, Texas in 1978. He graduated from high school in 1996 and enlisted in the active duty Army shortly thereafter as a 13B Cannon Crewmember at Fort Hood, Texas. He left active duty in June of 2000 and entered service in the Texas National Guard as a Personnel Services Clerk with the 3rd Battalion 141st Infantry in Weslaco, Texas. He re-entered active duty in 2002 and attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Upon graduation, he was awarded the MOS 21B Combat Engineer. Flores was later assigned to Charlie Company, 54th Engineer Battalion in Bamberg, Germany. He served as a combat engineer and team leader in 2nd Platoon.

When deployed in Iraq, his squad often served as the lead element, providing forward security and visually searching for IEDs as his platoon conduced route clearance patrols throughout the Al Anbar Province. He died as a result of wounds sustained in combat on July 8th, 2006 in the Tammin District of Ramadi.

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