Body of San Antonio sergeant who was killed overseas arrives at JBSA

Sgt. Gutierrez was killed in action in Afghanistan Feb. 8

SAN ANTONIO – The remains of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Javier J. Gutierrez, who was killed in action during a combat mission in Afghanistan, arrived at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Thursday afternoon.

Sgt. Gutierrez was killed Feb. 8 in Nangarhar Province along with Sergeant First Class Antonio Rey Rodriguez when someone “in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun,” according to the Associated Press.

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Javier Gutierrez, father of Sgt. 1st Class Javier Gutierrez, told KSAT his son “would always be hugging us and telling us that he loved us.”

Sgt. Gutierrez, who went by his middle name Jaguar, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group out of Elgin Air Force Base in Florida.

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A viewing for Sgt. Gutierrez will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Community Bible Church and memorial services will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Saturday.

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the funeral services will be held Saturday. This corrects inaccurate information that was provided in a Tweet from JBSA.

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