Army Staff Sergeant Brandon Forrest Eggleston, 29, of Raeford, N.C. was killed when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a patrol on April 26, 2012 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Brandon, a 2005 graduate of Western Carolina University, enlisted in the Army in July, 2006. Upon completion of basic training and follow-on 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 his unit at Fort Bragg. Staff Sgt. Eggleston was on his third deployment at the time of his death. Eggleston’s awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 2 device, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces tab. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a third campaign star and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Brandon is survived by his wife, Karen, and two daughters, his mother, a sister, Erica, and other relatives.

In August, 2013, Brandon’s wife Karen participated in the Travis Manion Foundation’s Survivors Retreat in honor of her husband.

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