Sergeant Robert Daniel Sanchez, 24, was a team leader assigned to 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield. He was born on July 19,1985, in Miami, Florida.
He was killed during a combat operation involving multiple enemy contacts, killing nine enemy combatants and destroying a large weapons cache in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on October 1, 2009.
SGT Sanchez was serving his fifth combat deployment with the 1st Ranger Battalion. His previous deployments were to Afghanistan and Iraq.
After graduating from Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida, SGT Sanchez enlisted in the Army in July 2004, with a dream of becoming an Army Ranger. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an Infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he was assigned to the Ranger Indoctrination Program also at Fort Benning.
He graduated from the Ranger Indoctrination Program in January 2005 and was then assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in February 2005. He served as an automatic rifleman and team leader while assigned to 1st Battalion.
His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, US Army Ranger School, Emergency Medic Technician Basic Course, and Jumpmaster Course.
His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.
Robert is survived by his parents 1SG Will and Wendy Holland and brothers Jacob Goldberg and Logan Holland and Maternal Grandparents, James and Mary Wilson.