(Editor's note: This is from Joint Base Lewis-McChord)
According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Louis R. Torres, 23, of Oberlin, OH died Aug. 22, in San Antonio, TX of wounds suffered when he encountered an enemy improvised explosive device, Aug. 6, in Kandahar, Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
He was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
According to unit records, Sgt. Torres entered the Army in June 2008 and reported to Fort Benning, GA for Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, in MOS 11B (Infantryman). He arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in October 2008 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. He deployed to Afghanistan with his brigade in December 2011. This was his second deployment. He previously deployed with 3rd Stryker Brigade to Iraq from August 2009 through June 2010.
Sgt. Torres’ civilian and military education includes High School Diploma (2008), Warrior Leader Course (2010), Combatives Course (2010), Military Occupational Specialty: 11B Infantryman (2008).
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon.
On behalf of the entire Joint Base Lewis-McChord military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Torres.