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Soldier awarded Purple Heart at JBER ceremony

Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano holds up her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano's Purple Heart Medal to kiss after she kissed it after a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano, at right, poses with his family including father Braulio Luviano, sister Mary Palicios, mother Maria Mondragon, wife Areli Luviano, and daughter Aura Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Lt. Col. John Evans, Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano, and Command Sergeant Chris Reynolds at Luviano's Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano holds up her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano's Purple Heart Medal to kiss after she kissed it after a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano, at right, poses with his family including father Braulio Luviano, sister Mary Palicios, mother Maria Mondragon, wife Areli Luviano, and daughter Aura Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano holds up her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano's Purple Heart Medal to kiss after she kissed it after a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Lt. Col. John Evans, Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano, and Command Sergeant Chris Reynolds at Luviano's Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Areli Luvaino, wife, and Aura Luviano, daughter with Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano, at right, poses with his family including father Braulio Luviano, sister Mary Palicios, mother Maria Mondragon, wife Areli Luviano, and daughter Aura Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano and her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Lt. Col. John Evans, Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano, and Command Sergeant Chris Reynolds at Luviano's Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano and her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Areli Luvaino, wife, and Aura Luviano, daughter with Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano and her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano and his mother Maria Mondragon after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano and her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Areli Luvaino, wife, and Aura Luviano, daughter with Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano and her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano and her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano and her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano and his mother Maria Mondragon after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano and her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Aura Luviano and her father Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano and his mother Maria Mondragon after his Purple Heart Medal presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 as Luviano's wife Areli Luviano looks on. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen
Sergeant Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart Medal at a presentation ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center on Joint Base Elemndorf-Richardson. Luviano was injured on his third deployment when a IED hit his vehicle. Luviano was deployed in 2013 with the 109th Transportation Company at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
Bob Hallinen

Surrounded by family and fellow soldiers, Army Sgt. Rigoberto Luviano was awarded the Purple Heart at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday.

The medal was presented to Luviano after he was wounded in combat in 2013 during his third deployment with the 109th Transportation Company in Afghanistan, an Army release said. The vehicle he was traveling in at the time of the attack was struck by an IED.

The Lexington, N.C., native has been stationed at JBER since 2012. He also was deployed to Kuwait in 2011 and Iraq in 2005.

Lt. Col. John Evans presented the medal to Luviano at the Warrior Transition Battalion's Soldier Family Assistance Center with his family, including wife, Areli Luviano, and daughter, Aura in attendance.

 



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