AUSTIN (KXAN/AP) — As investigators delve deeper into the Fort Hood shooting that happened on Wednesday night, more details are becoming available about the soldiers killed in the attack on post on Wednesday.
Sgt. Timothy Owens
One of those soldiers killed was U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, a 37-year-old Illinois native whose family said grew up with military dreams.
“He was one of those kids who wanted to wear camouflage and wanted to wear bomber jackets and sunglasses,” Owens’ cousin Glen Welton, a National Guard veteran of Iraq, said. “It took him a few years before he got himself in.”
Owens also left behind a wife he had recently married, Billie Owens; a 77-year-old mother, Betty Goodwin and children from a previous marriage.
Hentered active-duty service in June 2004 as a motor transport operator.
He was assigned to the 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), where he served as a heavy vehicle driver.
Owens deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2005 to December 2005 and to Kuwait from January 2010 to December 2010.
His awards include three Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, and Driver and Mechanic Badge.
Sgt. First Class Danny Ferguson
Ferguson, 39, was a 1993 graduate of Mulberry High School, in a small town between Orlando and Tampa.
Mulberry High School Assistant Principal Lori Leverett said Friday that Ferguson was “an all-around nice, guy, very wholesome.”
He played high school football, baseball, basketball and ran track.
Leverett said Ferguson didn’t attend his 20th class reunion because he was deployed. His wife said he had just returned from Afghanistan.
He entered active-duty service in July 1993 as a transportation management coordinator.
He was assigned to the 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), where he served as a transportation supervisor.
Ferguson’s deployments include serving in Kuwait from January to August 2003 and from October 2004 to September 2005; Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2009 to May 2010; and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June 2012 to March 2013.
His awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Kosovo Campaign Medals with Bronze Service Star, Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, three Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, and two NATO Medals.
Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez
Lazaney, 38, was from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and planned to retire from the military soon after serving 20 years, Aguadilla Mayor Carlos Mendez told Mayra Cuevas of CNN en Español.
He entered active-duty service in February 1995 as a unit supply specialist.
He was assigned to the 21st Combat Support Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade in February 2012 where he served as a unit supply sergeant.
Lazaney-Rodriguez deployed to Kuwait from December 1998 to April 1999. He also deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from April 2007 to April 2008 and from July 2009 to July 2010.
His awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, Army Superior Unit Award, six Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, U.S. Army Basic Recruiter Badge-Silver with two Gold Achievement Stars, Combat Action Badge, U.S. Army Parachutist Badge, and Driver and Mechanic Badge.
One of the wounded was identified as Maj. Patrick Miller, a 32-year-old Iraq War veteran from western New York, the state’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. Miller, who lives with his wife outside Austin is a native of Allegany in Cattaraugus County. Information on his condition hasn’t been released.
Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook of McComb, Miss., is also among the wounded from the shooting rampage, according to his wife Renee Powell Westbrook. He remains hospitalized, his wife said he is recovering from wounds to the chest and neck.