- 30 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 22, 1982
- Date of passing: Oct 13, 2012
|Let the memory of Robert be with us forever|
The Department of Defense announced on Monday the death of Sgt. Robert J. Billings, 30, of Clarksville, Va. Sgt. Billings died in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan on Oct. 13 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
According to unit records, Sgt. Billings entered the Army in January 2006 and reported to Fort Benning, Ga. for Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training MOS 11B (Infantryman). Upon graduation from AIT he was assigned to Fort Carson, Colo. He arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in June 2009 and was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. He deployed with 4th Stryker Brigade to Iraq from September 2009 – August 2010. Sgt. Billings was assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in January 2011. He deployed to Afghanistan with 3rd Stryker Brigade in December 2011. This was his second deployment.
Sgt. Billings’ civilian and military education includes High School Diploma (2001), Associates in Arts, Criminal Justice (2012), Field Sanitation Team Certification (2011), Unit Prevention Leader (2011), Airload Planner (2011), Warrior Leader Course (2010), Combatives Level 1 (2010), Combat Life Savers Course (2009), Force XXI Battle Command Brigade (2007), Military Occupational Specialty: 11B- Infantryman (2006).
His awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (two awards), Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (two awards), NATO Medal, Certificate of Achievement, Combat Infantry Badge.
"Love you brother. Happy birthday."
"Happy birthday, Robert...I know that Father is giving you birthday love today...your mom and dad, your siblings, your precious wife and children, your grandparents, aunts, uncles, and us long-distance cousins think of you all of the time. As an Auntie who has lost a nephew far too soon, I understand the pain that your loss causes. I read a quote yesterday by Kahlil Gibran: "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” You were, and are a delight to all of us left behind...until we meet again, here's to you, dear Robert.
Sent with love, your cousin Michelle"
"Happy Birthday Son. Love Mom..... <3"
"another BIRTHDAY In Heaven! ugh I hate this new life with out you!!! I love you my sweet SON! HUGS FROM MOM <3"
"Words cannot describe how heavy my heart weighs in saddnes today. I cannot believe it's been 2 years already. Every day you are missed.... I will never forget the terrible news.... But despite that, what I will never forget the most is the way you lived. You have touched so many lives, made smiles appear across the saddest faces, and laughs come out of the quietest corners. You are an amazing man, father, son, brother, Soldier, Leader.
Rest easy Robert. Till we all regroup in Valhalla once more....... Manchu.....Regulars........ This we'll defend."
"(2) Years how is that possible! I miss you I miss you. I thought life moved fast before, NO it wont stop so I can just breath.. I love you my sweet MAN, MOM"
"Theres so much I could share about you! You grew up to be such an amazing person! You are missed by so many! You left behind 4 children, who I am thankful that they each act a little like you. I missed you not being around when I made my trip this summer to see them. But I know you were all around in spirit! Especially the day at the beach! Love and miss you lots! Aunt Nana"
"To our Son Sgt. Robert J. Billings..... We well never forget the price that you and so many have given.. for ever in our hearts Dad Mom"
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