Thursday, November 18, 2010

Alejandro Ayala, Air Force, Staff Sergeant -- Rest In Peace

Air Force, Staff Sergeant
Based: F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
90th Logistics Readiness Squadron
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: November 18, 2007
Kuwait, Kuwait
Married, 2 children
Gender: Male
Hometown: Riverside
High School: Arlington High (Riverside)
Burial: Onslow Memorial Park, Jacksonville, N.C.
The last time Cesar Ayala saw his brother Alejandro was Aug. 14, when they played some pool and shared a late McDonald's lunch near the Camp Virginia military base in Kuwait.

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.

"My niece really wanted to see the princesses at Disneyland, and my nephew wanted to go to the San Diego Zoo," Cesar Ayala said. "My brother just wanted to spend time together as a family."

Family time was rare for Alejandro Ayala, who over the eight years since he enlisted in the Air Force had been stationed in North Carolina, Wyoming, England and Kurdistan before his tour in Kuwait.

His mother, Ilda, 49, said she had seen him only three times since he graduated from high school in 1999 and went away to boot camp.

But there would not be a fourth reunion. Alejandro Ayala was killed Nov. 18 in a vehicle accident in Kuwait. He was assigned to the 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.

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."
Read the whole LA Times article about Air Force Staff Sergeant Alejandro Ayala here and read more about Sergeant Ayala here.

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