Steven M. Langmack

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Sergeant First Class Steven M. Langmack

Senior Special Forces Communications Sergeant

2nd Battalion

7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC

assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command

KIA May 31 near Al Qaim, Iraq, after he was attacked by enemy small arms fire during Combat Operations.

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His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, four Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Southwest Asia Service Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. Ranger and Special Forces Tabs, the Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, and the Master Parachutist Badge. 

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Purple Heart.

His wife, Rachaelle and their two children, Sam, 16, and Carson, 7of Raeford, N. C., his parents, Louise and Paul Langmack of Seattle and his brothers David Langmack of Federal Way and Kevin Langmack of Seattle, survive him.

Sgt. 1st Class Steven M. Langmack, 33, a senior Special Forces communications sergeant assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command here, sustained fatal injuries during the attack.

A native of Seattle, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman on Aug. 15, 1990. He served with various elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment until his graduation from the Special Forces Qualification Course in August 2001. He served with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) here as a senior Special Forces communications sergeant until his reassignment to U.S. Army Special Operations Command  in early 2004. Langmack was a veteran of Operations Desert Storm in Southwest Asia, Uphold Democracy in Haiti, Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

SFC Langmack 

is buried in

Arlington National Cemetery

outside Washington, D.C.

because Arlington  is closer

to his wife and sons. 

Section 60 Site 8186 
Arlington National Cemetery 

When Kennedy High School grad Steven Langmack told his mother he talked to an Army recruiter and wanted to join up, she agreed it was a good idea. 

That was 15 years ago. "I just thought the military would give him a good physical outlet," said Louise Langmack of Seattle. 

SFC  Langmack grew up in the Seward Park neighborhood and graduated from Kennedy in 1990. He started on the school baseball team and was a "good all-round player," said his former coach, Joe Faccone. 

"He was an outstanding kid," Faccone said. "He represented the school well. I'm proud to be associated with him." 

After graduation, SFC Langmack decided to make the military a career and served in the Persian Gulf War. 

After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he was assigned to Afghanistan. He was in Iraq about three months before he died. 

Based at Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, SFC Langmack didn't talk much about the war in his e-mails home. 

Rather, he focused on his wife, Rachaelle, and their two children, Sam, 16, and Carson, 7, who live near the base. 

He was renovating his home and often discussed the projects he had waiting for him. 

"He was always upbeat. He felt very committed to what he was doing, but he wouldn't talk about it," his mother said. "He felt it was an important job." 

As the family made funeral plans, Louise Langmack credited the military with giving structure and opportunity to her son's life.  On Memorial Day, she sent him an e-mail, saluting his service to the nation. He never e-mailed back. 

***In heat of war, Steven Langmack's heart was with family  By Alex Fryer   Courtesy of the Seattle Times 

**Information from, The Department of Defense, USASOC and Seattle Times used in this Article.

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