On this date: Oct. 1, 2009 — Sgt. Roberto D. Sanchez, 24, was a team leader assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., when he was killed during combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was on his fifth deployment in support of the War on Terror with three previous deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.
“Sgt. Sanchez was the quintessential Ranger enthusiastic, smart, loyal to his mission, his country and his friends,” said Col. Brian Mennes, then 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Battalion commander. “He led with distinction and would want us to continue supporting the efforts for which he so humbly and selflessly dedicated his life.”