Javier de la Garza Jr, Killed in Attack in Afghanistan
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 10, 2010
Cousin remembers slain military contractor as man who cared for soldiers, Afghan civilians alike
His cousin Le-Ann Alaniz-Herrera remembers when he announced he would be going to Afghanistan to work for an information technology company.
“We told him not to go,” she said Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that prompted the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. “We said it was dangerous.”
De la Garza, 27, of Edinburg, was killed Monday in Afghanistan when the bunker in which he was staying came under attack.
He was working for DRS Technologies Inc., a company headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., that provides products, services and support to military forces and intelligence agencies across the globe.
Although he was not in Afghanistan as a soldier, de la Garza was working very closely with the U.S. Army, said Alaniz-Herrera. He had previously done a tour in Iraq while he was in the Army, and he wanted to return to the Middle East.
Dalia de la Garza reflected on her son’s death in a letter to her family, recalling how scared she was when Javier had enlisted at the age of 17.
“He did what he thought was best for himself and his country,” she wrote. “He is my hero.” Read the entire article here
HAVANA – The family of a former valley soldier is mourning tonight.
Lots of questions surround the death of UTPA alumn Javier de la Garza Jr.
His grandparents in Havana tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS he worked as a private contractor overseas.
De la Garza was killed during some kind of attack in Afghanistan earlier this week.
The 27-year-old lived in Austin for some time before joining the Army in 2000. He deployed to Iraq then settled in the Valley after his service. He attended UT-Pan American in Edinburg before deciding to return overseas. This time he went as a civilian and worked in the IT department for a private contractor in Afghanistan.
De la Garza’s family hasn’t been told when his body will return to the states.