FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (9/24/13) – The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
They died Sept. 21, at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire while conducting range training in Gardez, Paktia Province, Afghanistan. Link to DOD news release
Among them was Colorado Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Liam Nevins, B Company , 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group.
“This is a tragedy that affects the entire Colorado National Guard family,” said the Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards. “We mourn not only for Staff Sgt. Liam Nevins, but for all these brave men and their families, whose grief is unimaginable. This loss will be felt throughout the ranks of the Colorado National Guard.”
Staff Sgt. Liam Jules Nevins was on his fourth combat deployment.
Nevins was born in Middlebury, Vt. and lived the first half of his life in Bennington, N.H. then moved to Pennsylvania with his mother and sisters. He attended Owen J Roberts in Pottstown, Pa. and graduated from Bristol Borough High School in Bristol Borough, Pa. in 2000. Prior to graduating from High School, Nevins enlisted in the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. It was always his dream to be an elite member of the brotherhood of Special Forces.
Upon entering Active Duty, Staff Sergeant Nevins was assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C. Shortly after being promoted to the rank of Sgt., he deployed with Alpha Company in 2003 as a rifle team leader to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Subsequently, he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant as a Sniper/Reconnaissance Team Leader in Headquarters Company, then as a Weapons Squad Leader in Charlie Company. He completed two more deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004 and 2005.
Shortly after leaving active duty service, Staff Sergeant Nevins attended Metropolitan State College of Denver from August 2006 to May 2009, where he studied for a Bachelor’s of Science with a focus on Business Finance. In May of 2009, he enlisted into the Colorado Army National Guard as a Special Forces Communications Sergeant. Staff Sgt. Nevins attended the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, N.C. from January 2010 until his successful graduation in August of 2011. Then he was assigned to Operational Detachment Alpha in Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, Colo.
Staff Sgt. Nevins was a respected and admired member of the Colorado National Guard and the 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group.
He is survived by his mother Victoria Nevins, fiancée Julie Huynh, sisters Maeve Nevins and Raven Henin, brother-in-laws Karl Lavtar and Rafael Henin, nephews Lyric Nagy and Keegan Henin and Father William Nevins.
As the family mourns the loss of their son, brother and partner, they ask for privacy as they grieve.
For more information media may contact US Army Special Forces Command public affairs office during duty hours at 910-908-3947. After duty hours contact 910-689-6187. For questions related to Staff Sgt. Nevins service in the Colorado National Guard contact Colorado National Guard Public Affairs at 720-250-1053.
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