International Security Assistance Force officials have released the name of a soldier from Kapolei who was killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan on Jan. 20, according to the U.S. Army.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli, 42, was assigned to the 2nd Calvary Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Balli's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals and Combat Action Badge.
Fellow soldiers describe Balli as an outstanding leader of soldiers. They say he was a person with a kind heart and smile that aimed to please those who he worked for and with. They say he was a very motivated person who loved his job as an Unmanned Aerial System Operations Officer Platoon Leader, providing the eyes in the sky for soldiers on the ground.
Balli was stationed in Germany. He is survived by his wife, two stepdaughters and a stepson.
Hawaii Army National Guard soldier Sgt. Drew Scobie of Kailua was killed in a plane crash in Eastern Afghanistan on Jan. 10.