Balli Edward

Balli, Edward

Rank: Chief Warrant Officer Two

Unit: HHT, 2d Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment

Duty station: Vilseck, Germany

MOS: 150U – Tactical Unmanned Aerial System

Bali Awards

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with OLC, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 4 OLC, Army Achievement Medal with OLC, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, with Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO with 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with 5, Army reserve Overseas Training Ribbon, Afghanistan NATO Medal

Badges: Combat Action Badge, Army Aviation Aircrew Badge, Air Assault Badge

Deployments: 2 in Iraq, 3 in Afghanistan

Enlisted: 1991

Date of birth: 9 February 1971

Hometown: Salinas, California

High School: North High School

Married: Kristy

Children: son, Michael and daughters, Momilani and Desirae

Campaign: Afghanistan

Died: 20 January 2014

Age at death: 42

Cause of death: Killed in action – Small Arms Fire

Location of fatality: FOB Pasab, Afghanistan

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Place of interment: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Notes: He was a Sergeant First Class before becoming a Warrant Officer. In early childhood, Edward was a Boy Scout; many family members who were in the military influenced him into a career in the Army. Edward was recognized for his commitment and dedication as a noncommissioned officer and was recommended to the Army’s Green to Gold program which selects qualified noncommissioned officers to become Warrant Officers.

A portion of State Route 183 in the City of Salinas from Davis Road to Espinosa Road is designated as the “United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli Memorial Highway.”

The CW2 Edward Balli Memorial Foundation was established in his honor.

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