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Dan
07-21-2006, 19:47
RELEASE NUMBER: 060721-01
DATE POSTED: JULY 21, 2006

Special Forces Soldier killed in Afghanistan
U.S. Army Special Operations Command

FORT BRAGG, N.C. ( USASOC News Service, July 21, 2006) – A Special Forces Soldier was killed in combat July 18 in southern Afghanistan when his combat reconnaissance patrol was attacked by the enemy and he was hit by small arms fire.

Staff Sgt. Eric Caban was born on March 28, 1978 in Manhattan, N.Y. He joined the Army in September, 1997. After attending Infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as a sniper platoon member and team leader. In October 2001, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and participated in a combat jump to overtake Kandahar Airfield. He then left active duty to attend college in February 2002.

Due to his patriotism and undeniable calling to serve, Caban returned to active duty in September 2003 and was assigned as a Sniper Instructor at Company C, 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

In December 2004, he attended the Special Forces Qualification Course and graduated in March 2006 as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. He was subsequently assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N. C.

Caban was a graduate of the Special Forces Engineer Course, Sniper School, the Special Operations Interdiction Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course, the U.S. Army Ranger School, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, and Airborne School.

His military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge with a Service Bronze Star. He has been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Caban is survived by his father Efren and mother Iris, and his brothers Efren Caban Jr. and Edwin Caban.

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Jack Moroney (RIP)
07-21-2006, 19:59
RIP

ObliqueApproach
07-21-2006, 20:20
RIP

18C Dad
07-21-2006, 20:27
RIP and Thank you for your service.

mffjm8509
07-21-2006, 21:40
RIP brother!

mp

CoLawman
07-21-2006, 21:45
Rest In Peace.

Texian
07-21-2006, 21:48
RIP, Warrior

gtcrispy
07-21-2006, 22:34
Another very recent SFQC Grad gone. RIP SSG Caban.

CommoGeek
07-21-2006, 23:16
I was fortunate enough to be visiting the FOB as a guest when they had his service. It was very touching.

Blue Skies, SSG Caban

Gypsy
07-21-2006, 23:24
Another very recent SFQC Grad gone.

That was one of my first thoughts when I read this. Rest in Peace SSG Caban.

Basenshukai
07-21-2006, 23:31
SSG Caban was one of the three newest members of our company as it deployed to Afghanistan. The late SSG Chris "Chico" Longsworth was one of the three as well. SSG Caban served in the same SFODA as "Chico". SSG Caban was a member of my company and as such, he was part of our family. He will be missed by us all. De Oppresso Liber, brother.

jbour13
07-21-2006, 23:47
RIP SSG Caban

Goggles Pizano
07-22-2006, 01:30
Rest in peace SSG Caban.

jatx
07-22-2006, 06:15
RIP.

Abu Jack
07-22-2006, 07:47
Rest In Peace

x SF med
07-22-2006, 10:24
Blue skies, no twists, and a soft DZ - RIP SSG

Five-O
07-22-2006, 10:52
RIP SSG.

PSM
07-22-2006, 10:55
Rest in Peace, SSG Caban

Pat

huntcg
07-22-2006, 11:00
RIP, Warrior.

Pete
07-22-2006, 11:15
RIP Warrior

vsvo
07-22-2006, 13:23
Rest in Peace

NousDefionsDoc
07-22-2006, 17:30
En Paz Descanse Hermano.

Cincinnatus
07-22-2006, 23:52
RIP

dennisw
07-23-2006, 10:23
Rest in Peace, SSG Caban. Two guys on my son's team knew SSG Caban pretty well. Said everyone loved him as he was really good guy. He will be missed.

MtnGoat
07-23-2006, 11:01
En Paz Descanse Hermano. El dios de mayo trae paz a su familia.

Peace unto SSG Caban and his family!

Ambush Master
07-23-2006, 11:36
Rest In Peace Warrior!!

Thoughts and Prayers out.

Sten
07-23-2006, 11:40
RIP

stone
07-23-2006, 12:14
RIP

STR8SHTR
07-23-2006, 19:07
RIP Warrior

Nonna
07-23-2006, 20:09
This gentleman graduated with my son's class, so I would have seen him at graduation. I will pass the word along to my son.

skipjack
07-23-2006, 20:25
I remember seeing him around Student Company, though I did not get to him personally he will be missed... Rest In Peace SSG Caban!

-skipjack

The Reaper
07-24-2006, 11:45
DOL and blue skies, hermano.

RIP.

TR

Martin
07-24-2006, 16:46
RIP

NSDQ
07-31-2006, 19:52
Rest in Peace SSG Caban.

uboat509
07-31-2006, 21:44
Rest in Peace

SFC W

Disturbance
08-08-2006, 13:01
I knew him, went through most of the course with him. Always bs'd with him at the gym. My roommate used to go to the bars with the guy. Fucking good man, never saw him mad or angry...always cool and calm, a true professional. Treated everyone (xrays and the like) with respect. He is definately missed. RIP buddy

Disturbance, out

brianksain
11-02-2006, 17:48
I recently atended Sniperweek West in San Diego as a guest speaker and range officer.

Over $2500.00 dollars were raised for the Army fallen sniper fund at this event.

The proceeds went to the family of Staff Sergeant Caban via the Army Sniper Association.

Godspeed SSG.

BK


http://www.groups.sfahq.com/7th/caban_eric_kia_7th.htm

Staff Sgt. Eric Caban

Special Forces Engineer Sergeant

Company B, 3rd Battalion

7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC

KIA 18 July 2006 in southern Afghanistan when his combat reconnaissance patrol was attacked by the enemy and he was hit by small arms fire

Age 28 a native from Manhattan, N.Y.

He is survived by his father Efren and mother Iris, and his brothers Efren Caban Jr. and Edwin Caban.

Awards and decorations

Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge with a Service Bronze Star. He has been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge.


Military Education

Special Forces Engineer Course, Sniper School, the Special Operations Interdiction Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course, the U.S. Army Ranger School, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, and Airborne School.

Staff Sgt. Eric Caban was born on March 28, 1978 in Manhattan, N.Y. He joined the Army in September, 1997. After attending Infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as a sniper platoon member and team leader. In October 2001, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and participated in a combat jump to overtake Kandahar Airfield. He then left active duty to attend college in February 2002.

Due to his patriotism and undeniable calling to serve, Caban returned to active duty in September 2003 and was assigned as a Sniper Instructor at Company C, 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

In December 2004, he attended the Special Forces Qualification Course and graduated in March 2006 as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. He was subsequently assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N. C.

**Information from SFAHQ.com, The Department of Defense, USASOC used in this Article.

MSG Crusty
11-02-2011, 10:49
Vaya con Dios Eric. Siempre nos echará usted.

greenberetTFS
11-02-2011, 11:10
Belated,but not forgotten

God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior...........:(

He was just a simple soldier and his ranks are growing thin
But his presence should remind us; we may need his like again,
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say:
OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY. (author unknown)

The passing of our soldiers often go unnoticed and unsung by most of the world, remembered only by family and friends. Wish it were not so. May he RIP, his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Big Teddy