Based: F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
90th Logistics Readiness Squadron
High School: Arlington High (Riverside)
Burial: Onslow Memorial Park, Jacksonville, N.C.
Read the whole LA Times article about Air Force Staff Sergeant Alejandro Ayala here and read more about Sergeant Ayala here.
They had only one day together because Cesar Ayala, 22, a sergeant in the Marine Corps, was on his way back home to Riverside after completing his second tour in Iraq.
Alejandro Ayala, 26, a staff sergeant in the Air Force, remained in Kuwait but had said that he planned to take 30 days of leave in April so he and his brother, their families and the rest of the Ayala clan could get together.
While Alejandro was stationed in Kuwait, his wife, Megan, and two children -- Alexandra, 4; and Matthew, 2 -- lived in Wyoming. The 30-day leave would be a chance to bring the children to California.
His family was not informed of his death until a few days later, said his twin sister, Liset. "But that whole week, before I knew, my co-workers told me I wasn't myself," she said. "I was crying myself to sleep."