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Army Releases More Information JBLM Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr.

The 25-year-old from Rocky Mount, NC, died Tuesday in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

According to the Department of Defense, Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr., 25, of Rocky Mount, NC, died Nov. 13, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

He was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, which is attached to Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

According to unit records, Staff Sgt. Battle entered the Army in June 2005 and reported to Fort Leonard Wood, MO for Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training MOS 12B (Combat Engineer). Upon graduation from AIT, he arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Nov. 2005. He was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group Support Battalion, as a gunner. He deployed with the unit to Iraq from May 2008 to February 2009. In September 2009, he was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company as a team leader. He deployed to Iraq from February 2010 to September 2010. In November 2012, he deployed to Afghanistan, this time as a squad leader.

Staff Sgt. Battle’s civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2005), Military Occupational Specialty 12B: Combat Engineer (2005), Combat Lifesaver and Tactical Combat Medical Care Courses (2006), Airborne School (2007), Combatives Level I (2007), Bus Drivers Course (2007), Warrior Leaders Course (2011), Information Assurance Certification Program (2011), Short Range Marksmanship Course (2011), Combatives Level 2 (2011), and the Advanced Leaders Course (2012).

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral “2”, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral “2”, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and Driver’s Badge.

On behalf of the 7th Infantry Division and the entire Joint Base Lewis-McChord military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Battle.

- Department of Defense

Taylor-Harper Family November 17, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Rip Rayvon Be Encouraged Family
Michael Schrader November 17, 2012 at 06:32 AM
May you be with God when he calls for us, Amen.
Brent Champaco November 17, 2012 at 07:11 PM
As always, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this fallen soldier. Thank you for serving and sacrificing for our country.
Dorrine Perez November 17, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with famliy and friends.....God Bless!!!!
MARY EDWARDS KNIGHT November 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM
REST IN PEACE RAYVON BATTLE,Jr. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY. MARY E. KNIGHT
Steve Satterwhite November 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I am Steve Satterwhite, the sales manager of Western and Southern Life Insurance in Rocky Mount, N.C. I heard about Rayvon's death on the news and it touched my heart deeply. I have a son that is the same age as Rayvon and is enlisted in the United States Navy. I do not know what it could possibly feel like for the Department Of Defense to notify me that my son will not be coming home alive. My wife and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family and may God provide comfort to you and your family during this most difficult time. I sincerely hope that during this time of Thanksgiving that all Americans give thanks to Rayvon for the ultimate sacrifice he has given for his country so that we can enjoy this holiday with our families. Thank you Rayvon with all of my heart and may you rest in peace. You are a HERO!!!!
Kasondra Taylor November 18, 2012 at 02:02 AM
The family really appreciates all of the prayers and thought coming this way. I am actually married to his brother and I know that the whole family is going through a tough time. He is and will always be a hero in our hearts....
SSG (RET) TYRONE SHERROD November 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I AM A RETIRED US ARMY STAFF SERGEANT AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO SSG RAYVON BATTLE'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I JUST LOST ONE OF MY SON'S IN JANUARY OF 2012 AND I AM STILL GREIVING FOR HIM, THE PAIN AND AGONY OF LOSING A LOVE ONE IS HARD. AS A FELLOW SOLDIER ONCE STATIONED AT FORT LEWIS AND STILL LIVING HERE IN TACOMA, SSG BATTLE, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THIS GREAT COUNTRY, YOU GAVE YOUR ALL FOR ALL OF US. THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU BROTHER.
CARRIE W. WIGGINS November 20, 2012 at 04:26 AM
THE FAMILY THE LATE STAFF SGT RAYVON BATTLE JR..WOULD LIKE TO THANK EACH OF U FOR YOUR KINDNESS PRAYERS , ANY KIND OF CONDELENCE SHOWN TO US DOING OUR TIME OF SORROW IN THE LOST OF OUR NEPHEW RAYVON JR.. YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS IS APPRECIATED THANK YOU .
Lynn November 23, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Thank you all for your sacrifice, your pain is our pain, this is a loss for all of us, thank you so much. Bless your family with comfort at this terrible time. His dedication and strong heart means so much to all of us. My grandson just deployed (same unit) to the same place, we will always pray for you and yours.
Lynn November 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Bless you all, I wish I could be there to shake each of your hands, and say thank you, on behalf of my family, we appreciate your sacrifice so much, I know the Lord will receive him with open arms. Love to you all...
Johnson Family November 25, 2012 at 03:18 PM
As fellow American's and North Carolinan's, our family extends our sincere condolences to your family and the friends of Staff Sgt. Battle. From the article above, he was a hard worker doing a great job and you all can be proud of him! We hope and pray that God may provide you comfort during this time and in the days to come. I have a nephew that is with Sgt Battle's Team in Afganistan, and hope that you still keep the rest of them in your prayers to return home safely during their difficult days to come. We thank Sgt Battle for his service to others and hope God surrounds your family with the love he can bring.
Cathy Whealton November 29, 2012 at 04:34 PM
RIP Sgt. Battle. God bless you and your family!
Jan Barber December 04, 2012 at 06:43 AM
I was at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City on Sunday, December 1st. The name - Staff Sergeant Rayvon Battle, Jr - was read along with other soldiers who have died in the last month. A yellow ribbon has been placed on the fence outside the church in his name. The minister and congregation offered prayers for Rayvon. God be with your family with the peace that passes understanding.

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