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Army Releases More Information JBLM Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr.

The 25-year-old from Rocky Mount, NC, died Tuesday in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

According to the Department of Defense, Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr., 25, of Rocky Mount, NC, died Nov. 13, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

He was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, which is attached to Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

According to unit records, Staff Sgt. Battle entered the Army in June 2005 and reported to Fort Leonard Wood, MO for Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training MOS 12B (Combat Engineer). Upon graduation from AIT, he arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Nov. 2005. He was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group Support Battalion, as a gunner. He deployed with the unit to Iraq from May 2008 to February 2009. In September 2009, he was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company as a team leader. He deployed to Iraq from February 2010 to September 2010. In November 2012, he deployed to Afghanistan, this time as a squad leader.

Staff Sgt. Battle’s civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2005), Military Occupational Specialty 12B: Combat Engineer (2005), Combat Lifesaver and Tactical Combat Medical Care Courses (2006), Airborne School (2007), Combatives Level I (2007), Bus Drivers Course (2007), Warrior Leaders Course (2011), Information Assurance Certification Program (2011), Short Range Marksmanship Course (2011), Combatives Level 2 (2011), and the Advanced Leaders Course (2012).

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral “2”, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral “2”, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and Driver’s Badge.

On behalf of the 7th Infantry Division and the entire Joint Base Lewis-McChord military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Battle.

- Department of Defense

Lynn November 23, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Thank you all for your sacrifice, your pain is our pain, this is a loss for all of us, thank you so much. Bless your family with comfort at this terrible time. His dedication and strong heart means so much to all of us. My grandson just deployed (same unit) to the same place, we will always pray for you and yours.
Lynn November 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Bless you all, I wish I could be there to shake each of your hands, and say thank you, on behalf of my family, we appreciate your sacrifice so much, I know the Lord will receive him with open arms. Love to you all...
Johnson Family November 25, 2012 at 03:18 PM
As fellow American's and North Carolinan's, our family extends our sincere condolences to your family and the friends of Staff Sgt. Battle. From the article above, he was a hard worker doing a great job and you all can be proud of him! We hope and pray that God may provide you comfort during this time and in the days to come. I have a nephew that is with Sgt Battle's Team in Afganistan, and hope that you still keep the rest of them in your prayers to return home safely during their difficult days to come. We thank Sgt Battle for his service to others and hope God surrounds your family with the love he can bring.
Cathy Whealton November 29, 2012 at 04:34 PM
RIP Sgt. Battle. God bless you and your family!
Jan Barber December 04, 2012 at 06:43 AM
I was at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City on Sunday, December 1st. The name - Staff Sergeant Rayvon Battle, Jr - was read along with other soldiers who have died in the last month. A yellow ribbon has been placed on the fence outside the church in his name. The minister and congregation offered prayers for Rayvon. God be with your family with the peace that passes understanding.

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