MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C.- --
Marines and family members gathered at a New River Air
Station Chapel with heavy hearts to honor the life and service of fallen Staff
Sgt. Denver Sugano during a memorial service at Marine Corps Air Station New
River, Nov. 4.
Sugano passed away due to natural causes while deployed in
Portugal on Oct. 15, 2015. He was serving as a flight equipment staff
noncommissioned officer on the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
“It is never easy when we lose a fellow Marine,” said Lt.
Col. Samuel Meyer, the commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter
Squadron 167. “While many of us have lost Marines and family in the past, none
make this easier. Some losses may even make this event even more difficult. The
death of Staff Sgt. Sugano has affected our warrior family, and will continue
to affect us in the future.”
Sugano faithfully served in the Marine Corps for 13 years,
primarily serving as a flight equipment technician and a Marine recruiter.
Sugano participated in three Unit Deployment Programs, assisted with Hurricane
Sandy relief efforts and deployed in support of the 26th MEU. Family, friends
and fellow Marines remember Sugano for his dedication to his beloved Corps and
“We understand no amount of empathy can make this individual
incident hurt less. Honor your brother by remembering him as you carry on with
your mission, and represent Staff Sgt. Sugano as the fine and upstanding Marine
that he was. We will all miss him.”