Soldier dies on 4th of July in Afghanistan
Farah Province, Afghanistan — UPDATE:
White Sands Missile Range released new information, along with a photo of Pfc. Errol Duran Aster Milliard who was killed in Afghanistan on July 4th.
Milliard joined the Army in 2012 and was a combat engineer. Before being stationed at White Sands, Milliard was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He deployed to Afghanistan in February, 2013. It was his first deployment
Milliard was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal. He was also promoted from PV2 to Private First Class.
Milliard is survived by his grandmother. White Sands Missile Range Commander Brigadier General Gwen Bingham released the following statement:
“I want Pfc. Milliard's Family to know that our comrade, Errol, made a positive difference daily; that we value his service and ultimate sacrifice and that we will never forget him or his Family. Indeed, it is a very sad day for all of us here at TEAM WSMR. I ask that you keep Pfc. Milliard's Family and all of our 2nd Engineer leaders, Soldiers, and Families in your continued thoughts and prayers."
A local memorial will be held, details have not been finalized.
Pvt. Errol D.A. Milliard, was killed in action Thursday while serving in Farah Province, Afghanistan.
Milliard, 18, was a soldier with the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade from White Sands Missile Range. He died after enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade while he and his fellow soldiers were on a patrol, according to a Department of Defense press release.
Milliard was a Birmingham, Ala., native.