Staff Sgt. Brandon Forrest Eggleston, 29, of Candler, N.C. died when his truck struck an improvised explosive device during a patrol April 26, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Egglestonís third deployment in support of overseas contingency operations.
He attended West Carolina University and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelorís Degree in Criminal Justice.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2006 and upon completion of basic training and advanced individual training, he attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course.
He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in March 2009 and was assigned to 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group as a Special Forces communications sergeant.
His military education also includes the U.S. Army Airborne School, Advanced Leaders Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Combatives Course Level 1, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, the Special Forces Qualification Course and the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat course.
Eggleston will be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a third campaign star and the Combat Infantry Badge.