October 15, 2012

Ryan Savard

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan J. Savard, age 29, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, died on October 13, 2012, in Khanabad District, Afghanistan, from small arms fire while on patrol during combat operations.

He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

Ryan was born in Salt Lake City. He lived in Jefferson and attended White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield, graduating in 2001 from Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona. 

He first entered the U.S. Army as a helicopter repairer on August 29, 2001 and after completion of training was assigned to Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 159th Aviation in Gieblstadt, Germany. There he served for two years as a UH-60 repairman. While assigned to the 159th Aviation, he deployed once to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In June 2004, Ryan attended and graduated from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School to become a Special Forces weapons sergeant.

In 2008, Ryan was assigned to Operations Detachment Group Support Battalion, 3rd SFG (A) where he served as a Senior Special Forces weapons sergeant. He deployed three times to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Ryan was assigned in May of 2010 as a Special Operations team member, U.S. Army Special Operations Command. For more than two years he served in this role, deploying twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award), Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), and five Overseas Service Bars. He has been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Purple Heart.

Angels of God, pray for Ryan
Ryan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Garett and Marie Savard; and his wife Kayla Savard. 

Thank you for serving, Ryan. 

Let us pray that Ryan Savard is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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