A statement from my Mom:
On behalf of the Balli family, I would like to extend a special thank you to everyone for their kind thoughts, deeds and prayers. This has been a extremely difficult time for us and we are thankful for the outpouring of support.
Edward was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. His infectious humor and quirky personality will be deeply missed. Edward meant the world to us and will forever be in our hearts.
While serving at FOB Pasab he was always concerned for the welfare of his Soldiers. Edward would often ask his family to send certain snacks because one of guys liked it. He cared about his Soldiers and mentored many throughout his career.
We will cherish all the memories Edward has left us with and will remember him as a true patriot who gave the ultimate sacrafice for his country. Our thoughts and prayers are with all remaining Soldiers for your safe return home. May God Bless and protect each and everyone of you.
2D Cavalry Regiment Statement: http://www.army.mil/article/118616/CW2_Balli__Troops_remember_life_of_one_of_their_own/
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