2013 Trojan Labor American Hero Recipients

Major Gray: Major Walter David Gray was an Air Liaison Officer assigned to the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Carson, Colorado.   He began his career in 1993 as an Enlisted Airman, serving as a weapons loader then as a TACP prior to receiving his commission in 2001 through the AFROTC program at Charleston Southern University.  While at CSU he met his wife Heather.  They married on August 11, 2001 and since have three children; Nyah 8, Garrett 5, and Ava 4.  In 2010, he became one of the first Air Liaison Officers to cross-train into the new 13L AFSC.  In March of 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan supporting the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, leading 25 TACP in combat operations.  He was killed in action outside Combat Outpost Fiaz and earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.  He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and friend.  Above all, David loved the Lord and is now rejoicing in His presence.

SSG Jauregui:  Staff Sergeant Alejandro Jauregui was born in Guadalajara, Mexico on April 12, 1985, at the age of 3 his dad moved them to Williams, CA where he grew up and graduated from high school in 2003.  In July 2003, he joined the Army was sent to Fort Knox, KY for basic training, followed by AIT and Airborne School.  In March 2004, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, NC and went on his first deployment to Iraq in June 2004 to June 2005.  In September 2006, he deployed to Iraq for a 15 month deployment where he met his wife Isa.  During that deployment he was awarded an Army Accommodation medal for pulling a soldier out of a burning vehicle, that incident inspired him to re-class to be an infantryman after his deployment he went back to basic training for that, after graduating basic training again he was assigned to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and did another two deployments to Afghanistan.  On April 8, 2012 while on his 4th deployment he stepped on a dismounted IED where he lost both of his legs and two fingertips on his right hand as well as his hearing in both of my ears. Through his service for our country he has been decorated with the Purple Heart Army Accommodation Medal X6 one with “V”, Army Achievement Medal X5, Army Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Ribbon X4, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO ribbon and Astonian Foreign Jump Wings.