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February 8, 2020

Name: SFC Javier Jaguar Gutierrez

Hometown: Jacksonville, NC

DOB: August 12th, 1991 DOD: February 8th, 2020

Entered Service: 2009

Deployments: Iraq and Afghanistan

Units: Army Infantryman, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).



Education: He is a graduate of Basic and Advanced Leader Courses; U.S. Army Airborne School; Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape School; and the Special Forces Qualification Course.

Awards and Decorations: Army Commendation Medal (1OLC); Army Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 2); Army Service Ribbon; Expert Infantry and Parachutist Badges; and the Special Forces Tab. Staff Sgt. Gutierrez was posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class and awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

Survived By: his loving wife, Gabriela Elena Gutierrez; children, Gabriel Apollo Gutierrez, Eden Belen Gutierrez, Helen Esther Gutierrez, and Emee Keren Gutierrez, his great-grandfather Thomas Ortiz, who was a WWII veteran, and his great-grandmother Velia Ortiz; parents, Javier and Sylvia Gutierrez; sisters, Jenea Gutierrez and Jordan Gutierrez Garza (Joshua); and his nephew, Noah Rocha.

SFC Gutierrez died on February 8th of 2020 in an insider attack in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

“Sgt. 1st Class Gutierrez’ was a warrior that exemplified selfless service and a commitment to the mission, both values that we embody here in the 7th Special Forces Group” -Col. John W. Sannes, 7th Group Commander


Jaguar was the quintessential family man. He was deeply in love with his wife Gabby and treasured their 4 children. He did not live for himself or his own pleasures. He lived sacrificially for his family. Whenever he was not training, Jag could be found with his family at the beach,

a park, waffle house, church, or working out in the front yard while his kids played.

Jaguar also loved his country. His desire to defend America by rising to the most elite levels of combat was his dream since he was a young boy. He joined the Army the first chance he got and never regretted it. He was a humble Green Beret who believed till the end that the U.S.A. was utterly unique, blessed and exceptional, and therefore, was worth fighting for.

Jaguar was more than a man of faith. He loved God above everything. He was a committed Christ follower, professing Him as Lord and Savior from the time he was a youth until the Lord called him home.

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