Staff Sergeant Miguel Angel Colon-Vazquez
Colon-Vazquez, 38, of Brooklyn, New York, joined the Army in July 2003, Fort Hood said in a press release. He was a motor transport operator assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood since May 2011. He is survived by his wife and four children, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help his family.
Colon-Vazquez served overseas four times. He served in Iraq from September 2005 to September 2006 and from May 2011 to November 2011. He was also deployed to Afghanistan from March 2008 to May 2009 and from July 2013 to March 2014. His brother, an Army veteran, also served in Iraq.
He has received awards and decorations including five Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Korea Defense Service Medals, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle and Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Marksman with Carbine. (GoFundMe)