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Specialist Travis A Staats

27 August 1987 – 20 March 2015


Specialist Travis A. Staats was born in Altamonte Springs, Fla., on Aug. 27, 1987 to Hal Staats and Brenda Reeves. Shortly after completing high school, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on Feb. 21, 2006. While serving with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Specialist Served two combat tours in Iraq. After completing his service with the USMC, Staats enlisted in the United States Army Reserve, deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan as a combat Engineer. After leaving the USAP, Spec. Staats then joined the United States Army on August.28 2013 on an 18X contract and began his military training by attending Infantry One Station Unit Training and Fort Benning, Ga.

Upon completion of his initial entry training, Specialist Staats was assigned to the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C. Specialist Staats successfully completed the Special Forces Preparatory and Conditioning Training Course, Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, and was selected to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course as  an 18B weapons sergeant.

Specialist Staats was featured on National Geographic’s “Bomb Squad Boom.”

Specialist Staats military training includes: The United States Marines Corps Basic Infantryman Course, The United States Army Combat Engineer Course, the Warrior Leader’s Course, Airborne School, Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Course.

Specialist Staats awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd award), Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), USMC Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Survive Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, Naval Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.