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Soldier killed in combat
Army Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr. of Orange County died in combat in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.
Bannar, 37, was killed Tuesday when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Bannar’s remains will arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware this morning for a dignified transfer to relatives, according to the Air Force.
A 2011 article in Shadowspear.com, a website on Special Operations forces training, stated that Bannar ran the Military Freefall Parachutist Course at Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz.
Bannar is among at least 30 service members in the Fredericksburg area to die in Iraq or Afghanistan since the war on terror began.
The last one was Marine Sgt. Sean T. Callahan, 23, of Warrenton, killed in combat April 23, 2011, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Callahan was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
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The following service members with ties to the Fredericksburg area have died in Iraq or Afghanistan since the war on terror began:
Marine Sgt. Sean T. Callahan, 23, of Warrenton, killed in combat April 23, 2011 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Callahan was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. No other details were available.
Army Spc. Morganne McBeth, 19, Stafford, died July 2, 2010 after being stabbed by another soldier at Al Asad air base in Iraq.
Marine Cpl. Nicolas Parada–Rodriguez, 29, of Stafford was killed May 16, 2010, in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. He moved to Northern Virginia from El Salvador with his family when he was 5.
Marine Sgt. Donald J. Lamar II, 23, a 2004 Stafford High School graduate, was killed May 12, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province of Afghanistan.
.Marine Gunnery Sgt. David Shane Spicer, 33, of Montross, was killed July 13, 2009, outside Delhi, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
.Air Force Lt. Col. Mark E. Stratton, 39, was killed May 26, 2009, by an improvised explosive device near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. Originally from Alabama, he moved his family to Stafford when he was stationed at the Pentagon.
Army Cpl. Ryan Casey McGhee, 21, an Army Ranger from Spotsylvania, was killed May 13, 2009, by small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in central Iraq.
Army Capt. Torre Mallard, 27, whose father teaches JROTC at Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center, was killed March 10, 2008, in Balad Ruz, Iraq, by an improvised explosive device.
Army 1st Lt. Benjamin Hall, 24, whose family lives in Fredericksburg, was killed July 31, 2007, leading his infantry platoon in Chowkay Valley, Afghanistan.
Army Sgt. Dustin Perrott , 23, of Spotsylvania County, was killed June 21, 2007, when a bomb exploded near his vehicle in Miri, Afghanistan.
Army Staff Sgt. Robert Stanley, 27, a native of Spotsylvania County, was killed March 5, 2007, when his unit tripped an IED in Samarra, Iraq.
Marine Sgt. Joshua Frazier, 24, of Spotsylvania County was killed Feb. 6, 2007, by a sniper in Ramadi, Iraq.
Army National Guard Col. Paul M. Kelly, 45, of Stafford County was killed Jan. 20, 2007, when his helicopter was shot down near Baghdad.
Army Cpl. Adam Fargo, 22, a medic with relatives in Fredericksburg, was killed July 22, 2006, by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
Marine Cpl. Brett Lee Lundstrom, a 2001 Brooke Point High School graduate, was killed Jan. 7, 2006, by small-arms fire near Fallujah, Iraq.
Army National Guard Spc. Jeremy Hodge, 20, whose mother lives in Fredericksburg, was killed Oct. 10, 2005, when the convoy he was leading was hit by a bomb near Baghdad.
Army Master Sgt. Michael Russell, 31, originally of North Stafford, was killed June 28, 2005, in Afghanistan with 15 other service members when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents.
Marine Cpl. Christopher Weaver, 24, of Spotsylvania was one of four Marine reservists killed in a Jan. 26, 2005, convoy ambush near Haditha, Iraq.
Army Sgt. Nicholas “Nick” Mason, 20, a National Guardsman from King George, was one of 22 people killed in a Dec. 21, 2004, mess-tent suicide bombing near Mosul, Iraq.
Army Sgt. David Ruhren, 20, a National Guardsman from Stafford County, also was killed in the mess-tent suicide bombing.
Army Sgt. Jack Bryant Jr. of Dale City was killed in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, on Nov. 20, 2004, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military convoy.
Civilian medic Jeffery Serrett, a 43-year-old Caroline native who lived in Spotsylvania, was shot and killed by an unidentified assailant Nov. 2, 2004, at Abu Ghraib prison between Baghdad and Fallujah. He was working for Halliburton.
Marine Lance Cpl. Caleb Powers, 21, a former Fredericksburg-area resident, was killed by a sniper Aug. 17, 2004, in Ramadi, Iraq.
Army 2nd Lt. Leonard Cowherd III, 22, of Culpeper was killed by a sniper May 16, 2004, while on a mission near Karbala, Iraq.
Army Spc. Frank K. Rivers Jr., 23, of Woodbridge suffered heart failure during physical training April 14, 2004, in Mosul, Iraq.
Army 2nd Lt. Jeff Graham, 24, a 1998 graduate Brooke Point High School, was killed Feb. 19, 2004, about 50 miles west of Baghdad after a bomb exploded while he led his platoon on foot patrol.
Army Staff Sgt. Thomas D. Robbins, 27, a scout, was killed Feb. 9, 2004, near Mosul, Iraq, when confiscated Iraqi ammunition exploded while he and others were moving it. Robbins grew up in New York, but has relatives in the Fredericksburg area.
Army Regimental Sgt. Maj. Cornell W. Gilmore, 45, of North Stafford was killed Nov. 7, 2003, in a helicopter shot down over Tikrit, Iraq. He worked for the Judge Advocate General Corps at the Pentagon and was on a brief mission in Iraq.
Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Sharon T. Swartworth, 43, of Alexandria, who spent weekends at a summer home at Lake Anna in Orange County, also worked for JAG and died with Gilmore.
Army Staff Sgt. David Parson, 30, was shot July 6, 2003, as his vehicle approached Baghdad. The father of three had married into the Belman family of Stafford.