Military Member of the Month – Edgar Barrera
The High Caliber Military Member of the Month is our friend Edgar Barrera. As a medically retired, Army combat veteran, Edgar is now a college student, an avid weightlifting enthusiast, husband, father and enjoys DJ’ing for himself and his family.
Originally from Moreno Valley CA. Edgar is a retired Sergeant First Class (SFC). Edgar enlisted the US Army as an Infantrymen, serving with dedication for 14 1/2 year career. Initially, Edgar joined the military for a short tour for the school benefits, but fell in love with his career in the Infantry and stayed.
Edgar has had assignments to the following duty stations, Fort Hood TX, Fort Jackson SC and Fort Lewis WA. Edgar served 8 years at Fort Hood TX, with 2nd Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment (Mechanized Infantry). Edgar has held several positions while executing the role as an Infantryman; from Riflemen, Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader and Master Gunner.
During Edgar’s 2 years at Fort Jackson SC, he was selected to attend Drill Sergeant Course, following graduation he was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment as a Drill Sergeant, where he spent the next couple of years transforming civilians into soldiers.
Daniel Ortiz, one of SFC Barrera’s trainees has stated, “I’m out now but he taught me the things I know and wanted to be as good of a soldier as I could be, thanks to him.”
During his completion of Drill Sergeant duty, he was reassigned to Fort Lewis WA, to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.
Edgar has deployed three times in defense of his country in support of OIF 2004-2005 and OIF 2006-2008. On his third deployment with Alpha Company 1-23 Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division, Edgar was critically wounded. While on dismounted patrol, as the platoon sergeant, Edgar lost both legs and his left hand, to an improvised explosive device (IED) in Panjwai, Afghanistan on July 7, 2012.
Edgar was evacuated for medical treatment and a few days later arrived in the States, where he endured multiple surgeries at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He spent the following two years doing rehab at the hospital’s Center for the Intrepid. Edgar maintains that he is extremely thankful for his platoon for taking lifesaving measures on the battlefield until he could be MEDEVAC’d.
Over the past four years, Edgar has been staying busy. Edgar is taking courses for a degree in Arts at Central Texas College. His studies will allow him to attain his career goals in graphics animation and allow him to be there for his family. Edgar enjoys spending time with his wife, of 15 years, Lucia, and their two children.
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