It is with deepest sympathy that the California National Guard announces the death of Sergeant Carlo Francisco Eugenio. Sergeant Eugenio died on 29 October 2011 when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a VBIED outside of FOB Julien in Afghanistan. He is survived by his father, Cesar Eugenio Sr.; mother, Noemi Eugenio; sisters, Eleanore Coplan, Cynthia Valdez and Allenlee Johnson; brothers, Cesar Eugenio Jr. and Allan Adrineda; brothers in law; David Coplan, Frank Valdez Jr. and Bryan Johnson; nieces, Emily Coplan and Haukea Valdez; nephews, Kekolu Valdez and Kaleo Valdez, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Sergeant Eugenio was born in Manila, Philippines on 20 September 1982. He enlisted in the 1112th Quartermaster Company, California Army National Guard on 28 April 2006 as a Private First Class and was attached to Detachment 1 RSP, 223rd Infantry Regiment. Private First Class Eugenio attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training from 14 November 2006 until 13 April at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and was awarded Military Occupational Specialty 21E10, Heavy Construction Equipment Operator. On 24 April 2007, Private First Class Eugenio was released from attachment to Detachment 1 RSP, 223rd Infantry Regiment, and on 21 September 2007 he was transferred to the 1498th Transportation Company.
In February of 2008, Private First Class Specialist Eugenio was awarded Military Occupational Specialty 88M10, Motor Transport Operator, and on 15 April 2008 he was advanced to Specialist. In July of 2008, Specialist Eugenio was ordered to active duty for an OCONUS Deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and on 2 August 2009 he was honorably released from active duty. On 10 June 2010, Specialist Eugenio was promoted to Sergeant. In June of 2011 Sergeant Eugenio was transferred to the 756th Transportation Company as a Heavy Vehicle Driver and on 5 August 2011 he was ordered to active duty for an OCONUS Deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. At the time of his death, Sergeant Eugenio had accrued over five years of creditable service for retired pay.
Sergeant Eugenio’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/Bronze Service Star), Iraq Campaign Medal ((w/Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/M and 2 Device), Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Bar, Driver-W (for wheeled vehicles) California Good Conduct Medal, and California Drill Attendance Ribbon (w/Silver Star).