Sergeant First Class Carmelo Echevarria III
Sergeant First Class Echevarria joined the Puerto Rico Army National Guard in 1990, as an Infantryman with the 295th Infantry Regiment. Later joined the US Army (Active duty), and served as a Cavalry Scout, Infantryman, and Special Forces Weapon Sergeant. First assignment was with the 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, FT Bragg NC. Sergeant First Class Echevarria has also served with 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion of the 82d Airborne Division; 14th Military Intelligence Battalion, and 20th Infantry Regiment at FT Lewis WA; 7th Special Forces Group, and 1st Special Warfare Training Group, FT Bragg NC.
Sergeant First Class Echevarria has served as an Infantry Scout, Cavalry Scout, Infantry and Cavalry Scout Section leader, Long Range Surveillance Team Leader, Scout Platoon Sergeant, Special Forces Weapon Sergeant, Special Forces Operations Sergeant, and Special Forces Qualification Course Chief Instructor.
Sergeant First Class Echevarria deployments include several Joint Task Force 6, Plan- Colombia (Country of Colombia), and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
Sergeant First Class Echevarria awards and decorations include: Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Army good conduct medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Pathfinder Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Colombian Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Master Parachutist Badge, The Expert Infantry Badge, The Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Special Forces Tab.