Kosraean Native Sgt. Sapuro Nena Killed in Firefight in Afghanistan Last Sunday


Guam – A Kosraean soldier with ties to Guam was killed along with 4 other soldiers in Afghanistan last Sunday.

A release from the military says 25 year old Army Sgt. Sapuro B. Nena died September 16th when he and his fellow soldiers were attacked with small arms fire in Zabul, Afghanistan.

Sgt. Nena is a native of the FSM state of Kosrae, but he is listed as a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii. His wife was staying with family here on Guam during his deployment. She has since left Guam for Dover Delaware to retrieve her husband’s body. The burial is expected to take place in Kosrae.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo Wednesday confirmed Nena’s death with the release of a message of condolence.

“Christine and I, Ray and Notch, offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the family of Army Specialist Sapuro B. Nena. Our prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

Sgt. Nena entered the army in 2008. He was stationed at Joint-Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state and assigned to the 2nd battalion, 3rd infantry regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

This was Sgt. Nena’s first deployment to Afghanistan.

READ the release from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in FULL below:

BLM releases additional information about 3rd Stryker Brigade Soldiers

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Sapuro B. Nena, 25, of Honolulu, Hawaii; Pfc. Genaro Bedoy, 20, of Amarillo, Texas and Pfc. Jon R. Townsend, 19, of Claremore, Okla. died Sept. 16, in Zabul province, Afghanistan of injuries sustained when their position was attacked with small arms fire. They were assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Sgt. Nena
According to unit records, Sgt. Nena entered the Army in May 2008 and upon completing Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, in MOS 19K (Armor Crewman) he was assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas. While at Fort Bliss he deployed to Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from May 2009- 2010. He arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August 2010 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3
rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

He deployed to Afghanistan with his brigade in December 2011. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Sgt. Nena’s civilian and military education includes High School Diploma (2006), Combat Life Savers Course (2010), Military Occupational Specialty: 19K Armor Crewman (2008).

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Achievement Medal (two awards), Meritorious Unit Citation (two awards), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (two awards), NATO Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver – Wheeled Vehicles.