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Ft. Bliss Command Sgt. Major dies of combat wounds

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Earlier today, the Department of Defense announced the death of Command Sgt. Major Martin R. Barreras who died of wounds inflicted when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.

CSM Barreras, 49, of Tucson, Arizona, died May 13, 2014, at San Antonio Military Medical Center from wounds suffered on May 6, in Herat Province, Afghanistan.

Herat Province is located on the far western edge of Afghanistan, bordering Turkmenistan and Iran. Several years ago Herat Province was considered by Soldiers to be the “safer” side of the war-torn country.

The Command Sgt. Major was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

There have been no reports of other Soldiers who might have been injured in this enemy attack.

Additional information on CSM Barreras, including commendations and previous deployments, is available to media sources by contacting the Fort Bliss public affairs office at 915-744-8406 during duty hours or 915-203-3769 after duty hours.

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