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Guardsman killed en route to Iraq 
By Air National Guard Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral 

Colorado Army National Guard Sgt. Luis R. Reyes (CONG archives)

On Nov. 18, 2005, Sgt. Luis R. Reyes, 26, of the 947th Engineer Company, was killed in a bus accident in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait.

The accident occurred two miles south of Camp Virginia, while the Soldiers were en route to catch a connecting flight to Iraq.

The accident also injured nine other members of the 947th.

Reyes spent his military career as a technical engineer with the 947th since his initial enlistment on Oct. 15, 1997.

Reyes, of Aurora, Colo., was promoted to the rank of sergeant on May 1, 2005.

Reyes was a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Course at Montbello High School in Denver, where he was the Cadet Logistics Officer, and where he received the Sergeant Major Award for his outstanding performance.

Reyes completed Basic Military Training at Fort Sill, Okla., in August 1998, where the honor graduate received a letter of commendation.

He received the Overseas Training Ribbon for his training in Schwenfurt, Germany in July 2003. He completed Nuclear Densimeter Training in November 1998.

Reyes' awards include an Army Achievement Medal for superior proficiency in his performance of duties, an Army Reserve Component Achievement with one oak leaf cluster, an Overseas Training Ribbon, and a California Counterdrug Service Ribbon. Reyes also earned an Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with rifle bar and an Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with grenade bar.