EL PASO, Texas -

Specialist Kevin Cardoza was born on 26 August 1993 in Edinburg, Texas.  He graduated from Edinburg High School in June 2011.

 Specialist Cardoza enlisted in the Army on 12 July 2011.  He attended the fourteen-week long Infantry Training Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.  

Specialist Cardoza's first duty assignment was Fort Bliss, Texas where he was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment.  One month later he was selected to be a member of the Reconnaissance Platoon.  He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the driver for his Platoon Leader.

Specialist Cardoza's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Specialist Cardoza is survived by 2 daughters.

Biography compiled by Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office.