A YEAR AFTER RANGE 54 MEMORIAL
GROUND BREAKING AND TREE PLANTING CEREMONY
18 JUNE 1997
CW2 Francisco Javier Ruiz Gómez
Feb. 13, 1965 - June 18, 1996
CW2 Francisco Javier Ruiz Gomez
CW2 Ruiz was born in Lima, Peru on 13 February 1965.
He entered the Army in 1986 and served as a helicopter repairman at Fort Rocker-Alabama. He was selected to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate Course, and he graduated from Flight School as a UH-60 pilot in 1990. He served with the 9th Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and at Fort Campbell. He also served with the 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation, 17th Aviation Brigade in Korea. CW2 Ruiz was assigned to A Company, 9th Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division on 11 August 1995 and served there until his death on 18 June 1996.