Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Special Forces engineer sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), died June 4, 2017, in Bamako, Mali, from a non-combat related incident.
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Melgar enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 2012 as a Special Forces candidate. He began his Special Forces training in 2013. After completing the Special Forces Qualification and Special Forces Engineer courses, he was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). He completed two deployments to Afghanistan as an engineer sergeant in support of the War on Terror.
Melgar’s military education includes Basic Airborne School, Special Forces Qualification Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Exploitation Course, Sniper Course, and the Advanced Leader Course.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 stars, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge.