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ROB YLLESCAS, R.I.P.
Name: T.T. Carnehan
Posting date: 1/7/09
Deploying to: Afghanistan
Milblog: Long Warrior
Email: longwarriorblog@gmail.com

I was going through some articles that were posted on a news service provided by the
Defense Department, known as The Early Bird. It's a simple site that posts full articles from
newspapers, wire services, and even television reports that deal with Defense-related topics.
One was about a Company Commander in Kamdesh, Combat Outpost Keating in Nuristan
Province, replacing a Captain who was struck by an IED and evacuated from Afghanistan
back to Walter Reed. After several long hard weeks of fighting at Walter Reed, the Captain
passed away.

The name jumped off the page: Rob Yllescas. I knew him, not well, but knew him
nonetheless. We worked around each other in Iraq.  His wife, Dena, has a blog through which
she's been keeping friends and family up to date with her struggle, Rob's recovery efforts, and
now her coping. I remember him, for my part, as a high quality officer.That is to say he was
energetic, focused, eminently capable, helpful, affable, and respectful. From what I saw, he
treated all fairly and earned every one of the dear friends who have been sending his wife
sympathy messages and were sending him recovery wishes. He, and all those like him, are
forever missed; no peoples have an inexhaustible supply of his sort.

Dena, God bless you and your family. Rob, Godspeed.
Captain Robert J. Yllescas
United States Army
KIA 01 Dec 2008
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