Soldier Honored: Benjamin A. Stevenson
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Master Sgt.
Army Master Sergeant Benjamin A. Stevenson, 36, of Canyon Lake, Texas was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his career, he served as a Tow Gunner, Squad Leader, Aircraft Powerplant Mechanic, Special Forces Weapons Sergeant, Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant and an Assistant Operations Sergeant. On July 21, 2011 MSG Stevenson died in Paktika province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.
Born in Albany, New York Benjamin Stevenson was a graduate of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas. He enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman in 1993. After completing Initial Entry Training and Airborne School, he was assigned to Delta Company in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In January 2000 he graduated from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center to become a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant. By 2006, MSG Stevenson was assigned to the Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) in Fort Bragg. He had deployed seven times to Iraq and three to Afghanistan.
MSG Stevenson was a highly decorated soldier. His awards include: Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (5th award), Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor device and many others.
He is survived by his wife and two sons, both of which have been Folds of Honor scholarship recipients.