Bannar, George A., Jr., MSG

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18D4P-Special Forces Medical Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2012-2013, 18Z5, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Service Years
1996 - 2013
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom

Special Forces
Master Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Orange, Virginia
Last Address
Wardak, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Aug 20, 2013
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Culpeper National Cemetery - Culpeper, Virginia
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 Official Badges 

Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
GWOT Fallen
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Combat Medical 1st Award
Master ParachutistAir Assault BadgeMilitary Freefall Jumpmaster
Special Forces
Canada - Jump Wings Basic

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School3rd Battalion, 505th Infantry (Airborne)Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
1st Special Warfare Training Group (Cadre)3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1997-1997, 91B10, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1997-2001, 91B10, HHC, 3rd Battalion, 505th Infantry (Airborne)
  2001-2003, 91B10, Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)
  2003-2008, 18D4P, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  2008-2012, 18D4P, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Cadre)
  2012-2013, 18Z5, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2006 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation I (2001-06)
  2006-2008 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation II (2006-09)
  2012-2013 OEF-Afghanistan/Transition I (2011-14)
 Colleges Attended 
Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NCCampbell University
  1994-1996, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
  1996-1998, Campbell University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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. 

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