EL PASO, Texas -

Specialist Thomas Murach was born on 16 May 1990, in Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.  He graduated from High School in Meridian, Idaho, in 2008.

Specialist Murach enlisted in the Army on 24 August 2010.  He attended the fourteen-week long Infantry Training Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Specialist Murach's first duty assignment was Fort Bliss, Texas, where he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment and was selected to be a member of the Reconnaissance Platoon as a Sniper.  He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Senior Sniper for his Platoon. 

Specialist Murach'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 Murach is survived by his mother, and his brother.

Biography compiled by Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office.