Davis-Monthan to close Craycroft gate Thursday morning for arrival of Army soldier's body

2014-05-21T20:00:00Z 2014-05-22T20:40:04Z Davis-Monthan to close Craycroft gate Thursday morning for arrival of Army soldier's bodyCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will close the Craycroft Road gate Thursday morning for the arrival of the body of an Army soldier who died last week from wounds in an attack in Afghanistan.

The body of Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R. Barreras, 49, is scheduled to arrive at the base at 10 a.m. 

The Craycroft gate will be closed to vehicle traffic from 10 to 11:30 a.m., said Pima County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Chris Nanos in a news release.

There may be additional traffic restrictions up to and including a complete closure of the South Craycroft and East Golf Links roads intersection, Nanos said. The South Swan Road gate will remain open for vehicle traffic, he said.

The Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard will provide plane-side honors, and the Patriot Guard Riders will escort the casket from the flight line to the funeral home.

A memorial service is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 7801 E. Kenyon Drive. Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery at 5401 S. Park Ave. 

Barreras died May 13 at San Antonio Military Medical Center. He was wounded May 6 in Harat Province, Afghanistan when his unit was attacked with small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense.

Barreras was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss in El Paso.

He graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1982, and then joined the military.

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