Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:41:30 GMT — The Department of Defense announced the death of a Fort Drum soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Mariano M. Raymundo, 21, died in Sharan, Afghanistan on Saturday. The Department of Defense says the incident is under investigation. Raymundo was from Houston, Texas, and was assigned to the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Raymundo joined the Army in November 2011. He completed training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and was assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He arrived at Fort Drum in May 2012 and deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2013. Raymundo's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, a Certificate of Achievement, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge and Mechanic Bar.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, June 5, in honor of Raymundo.
"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of PFC Raymundo," Governor Cuomo said. "We will honor the service of this Fort Drum soldier and we are grateful for this commitment to our country."