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The Reaper
08-21-2013, 21:22
RIP, brother.

Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice.

You will not be forgotten.

Rest easy.

TR


RELEASE NUMBER: 130821-01
DATE POSTED: AUGUST 21, 2013
PRESS RELEASE: SF Soldier succumbs to combat wounds

US Special Forces Command Public Affairs

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Aug. 21, 2013) - Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, Va., died Aug. 20 of wounds received from small-arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Bannar's fifth deployment to Afghanistan.

Bannar enlisted as a medical specialist in the U.S. Army in October 1996, completing his medical training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and then attending the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. While serving in the 82nd he volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection and began his Special Forces training in 2001.

In July 2003, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd SFG (A). Bannar served in the 1st Bn. for five years, deploying with the unit to Afghanistan four times. In August 2008, he was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) and stationed in Yuma, Ariz., where he worked at the Military Free Fall School as an instructor. In October 2012, Bannar returned to the 3rd SFG (A) and was assigned to the 3rd Bn.

Bannar earned an Associate's Degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College and a Bachelor's Degree from Campbell University. His military education includes Airborne School, Warrior Leaders Course, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, Advanced Leaders Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Special Operations Techniques Course, Military Free Fall School, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster School, Advanced Military Free Fall Parachutist School, Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course.

Bannar's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, Canadian Parachutist Badge, Royal Netherlands Army Parachutist Badge, Venezuelan Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab.

He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife and his parents.

orion5
08-21-2013, 21:41
RIP Warrior....prayers for your wife, family and brothers.

Zorro
08-21-2013, 21:50
He was the MFF Basic Course NCOIC when I went through Yuma... awesome dude. This fucking sucks. RIP brother.

SF

Peregrino
08-21-2013, 22:01
RIP Brother; prayers for your loved ones.

PRB
08-21-2013, 22:02
RIP Brother

blue02hd
08-21-2013, 23:22
Blue Skies brother, you'll be missed.

Prayers out for his family, his ODA, and his brothers in harms way.

This fucking sucks!

Tatonka316
08-22-2013, 01:44
Rest in Peace, MSG. Thank you for your lifetime of service and sacrifice. Thank you for always having OUR families back. You will ALWAYS be missed and NEVER forgotten. Give my son a hug for me and tell him I will see him soon ...

molon labe

PedOncoDoc
08-22-2013, 02:54
Rest in peace, Warrior. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will not be forgotten.

Stobey
08-22-2013, 04:20
Rest in peace, MSG. Bannar. My prayers for you and to all of your family.
(And yes, I hate to see good men wasted so badly. Sorry, but I can't help it...)

SF_BHT
08-22-2013, 04:33
Rest inPeace Brother!!!!!

JJ_BPK
08-22-2013, 05:26
RIP Brother, Vaya con Dios..

Abu Jack
08-22-2013, 06:41
Rest In Peace

jbour13
08-22-2013, 06:42
RIP MSG Bannar

koz
08-22-2013, 07:21
Rest in Peace warrior. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

full cooler
08-22-2013, 11:18
Rest in peace.

eine_frau
08-22-2013, 12:04
Rest in peace.
My thoughts are with the friends and family.

longrange1947
08-22-2013, 14:16
Rest in Peace Brother Warrior.

JHD
08-22-2013, 14:22
Rest in peace. Thank you for your service.

JMART5
08-22-2013, 16:28
Rest In Peace brother. Prayers out to family and friends.

Red Flag 1
08-22-2013, 17:41
Rest In God's Peace, Warrior.

Joker
08-22-2013, 19:52
Rest in Peace Brother. DOL

booker
08-27-2013, 08:35
Rest in Peace, MSG.

Dog Pound Zulu
08-27-2013, 15:58
http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/orange-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan-remembered/article_6c2170e6-0eaf-11e3-8c50-001a4bcf6878.html

Orange soldier killed in Afghanistan remembered
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 8:27 pm
Army Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr. wasn't afraid of the conversation; the Orange County native just didn't need to have it.
"He was never focused on what could happen, it was all about what he'd do when he got back," said Bannar's childhood friend, Donald
Dillon. "He knew if you let yourself get down about it, you're more likely to get hurt."
Bannar, 37, died Aug. 20 from wounds he suffered in an enemy attack on his unit in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, the Department of
Defense announced Wednesday. It was his fifth tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a release from the U.S.
Army Special Operations Command.
He was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. Bannar volunteered for the
Special Forces Assessment and Selection and began Special Forces training in 2001. He graduated from the Special Forces
Qualification Course in July 2003 as a Special Forces medical sergeant and served in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group for
five years

Penn
08-27-2013, 20:13
Blue skies Warrior, prayers for your wife, your family and your brothers.

Gypsy
08-27-2013, 20:21
Rest in Peace MSG Bannar, my prayers to your family and Brothers.

Goggles Pizano
08-30-2013, 22:15
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti amen.
In pace requiescat MSG Bannar. Dominus vobiscum.

akv
08-31-2013, 10:24
Rest In Peace and Thank You

Chairborne64
09-03-2013, 13:23
Rest in Peace

Doc Diego
09-03-2013, 13:57
RIP Brother