SSG David Brabander enlisted into the United States Army in March 2012, attending One Station Unit Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Upon graduating he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; where he served as an assistant machine gunner, scout, rifleman, and grenadier. In 2015, Staff Sergeant Brabander graduated from the United States Airborne School, and was assigned in November 2015 to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. While assigned to 3-509th IN (ABN), SSG Brabander served as a team leader, and squad leader. He deployed in September 2017 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in support of the Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. SSG David Brabander made the ultimate sacrifice on 11 Dec 2017 and was killed during combat operations in Nangahar Afghanistan.
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