Monday, April 9, 2012

R.I.P. - Spc. Antonio C. Burnside

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

            The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

            Spc. Antonio C. Burnside, 31, of Great Falls, Mont., died Apr. 6 at Ghanzi province, Afghanistan of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.  He was assigned to the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

            For more information the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at 910-432-0661.

According to the Montana National Guard, Burnside leaves behind his parents Annie Burnside and Bob Burnside of Great Falls, his wife Christine, daughters Ariana, Heartlynn and Angel and son Tony Jr. He is also survived by a sister Ramona and brother Milo.

"The Burnside family is extremely grateful and honored by the outpouring of support and condolences from across the state and nation in response to their loss," said Major Tim Crowe, public affairs officer with the Montana National Guard.

"Antonio was proud and honored to serve his country and chose to do so as a member of the airborne community within the U.S. Army. He served with great pride, dignity and honor. We welcome Antonio home."
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RIP my friend. You weren't my soldier very long but you were among one of the best. You will be deeply missed by your fellow paratroopers, family and friends. I know you are in a better place now looking down on A (Alpha) Company keeping them safe. R.I.P. Brother!

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