In Memory of SSG Ayman Taha
Staff Sergeant Ayman A. Taha, age 31, of Vienna, Virginia, died near Balad, Iraq, on December 30, 2006 when he was preparing a munitions cache for demolition and the cache exploded. Taha was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant.
He received a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and a Masters in Economics from the University of Massachusetts in 2001. He was a doctoral candidate in economics at the University of Massachusetts but before completing the requirements decided to enter the Army and Special Forces.
He entered the Army in August 2002 under the 18X program and was an Arabic speaker. He completed basic Infantry training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2003 he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course, SERE, Primary Leadership Development Course and the Basic Non Commissioned Officers Course. He spoke English, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.
He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group in January 2005 where he served on an A-team.
His awards and decorations include the Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and NCO Professional Development Ribbon.
Taha was buried at Arlington National Cemetery January 12, 2006, following a Muslim funeral service held at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Virginia.
SSG Taha leaves behind a wife and daughter. He is also survived by his parents and two sisters.
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