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Old 3 January 2006, 19:21
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SSG Ayman Taha

SSG Ayman Taha
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KIA 30 Dec 2005 Iraq OIF

RELEASE NUMBER: 060103-01
DATE POSTED: JANUARY 3, 2006

PRESS RELEASE: Special Forces Soldier dies in Iraq

U.S. Army Special Operations Command

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Jan. 3, 2006) — An Army Special Forces Soldier died while conducting a combat raid in the vicinity of Balad, Iraq, when an enemy munitions cache exploded while being prepared for demolition.

Staff Sgt. Ayman A. Taha, 31, a Special Forces Engineer noncommissioned officer assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Ky., died Dec. 30 in an explosion while he was preparing to destroy enemy munitions discovered during combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Born in Sudan and residing in Clarksville, Tennessee, Taha entered the Army in 2002 and attended basic Infantry training and Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga. In 2003, he began training at Fort

Bragg, N.C., where he completed the Special Forces Engineer Sergeant’s Course and earned his Green Beret. In Jan 2005, Taha was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Ky., as a member of a Special Forces Operational Detachment-A or A-Team.

He deployed with 5th Special Forces Group to Iraq in support of OIF this past summer.

His awards included the National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral Two Device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Parachutists Badge, and the Special Forces Tab.

His posthumous awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, The Meritorious Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Born in Sudan, Taha was a native Arabic speaker and entered the Army under the 18X program. This program allows selected individuals to enlist directly for Special Forces Training as a result of preexisting unique skills.

Taha’s civilian education consisted of a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Masters in Economics from the University of Massachusetts.

Taha is survived by his wife, Geraldine and his daughter, Sommer of Clarksville, Tenn. He is also survived by his parents, Abdel-Rahman and Amal Ali of Va.
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Old 3 January 2006, 19:33
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Old 3 January 2006, 20:32
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Old 3 January 2006, 20:39
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Rest in Peace SSG Taha, prayers of comfort to your family and friends.
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Old 3 January 2006, 21:13
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I believe that SSGT Ayman may have been with us before he even went into SFAS, making him not only a long-time poster -- but someone who actually finished what he started.

Truly a sad day.

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I was just going through his posts......... he posted his progress as he went through the pipeline.

I guess it is unavoidable........... we will lose members as time goes on.......... but it still sucks.
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What a terrible tragedy. RIP. Wish we could find more men like that, who have Masters Degrees and familys, and are still willing to make the sacrifice.
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