SSG Randy Haney

Staff Sgt. Randy M. Haney, 27, of Fountain, Colorado, originally from Orlando, Florida. He moved to Orange County during high school, and it was there in 1999 he met the love of his life, Katie, a classmate and cheerleader at his school. She was so smitten by his charm and good looks that she did a flip. Randy joined the Army in April of 2002 after finding a lack of good paying jobs and hoping the military could provide a sense of stability. He was inspired by the 9-11 terrorist attacks to make a difference in the world, in what he did to aid in that. He and Katie married in November of 2002 and were first stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He did a tour of duty in Afghanistan from March 2005 until March 2006, then transferred to Fort Carson, Colorado. He was then deployed to Iraq from September 2007 until January 2008. He and Katie bought a home in Fountain, Colorado, and started their family. On May 29, 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan, assigned to the 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson. He died September 6 in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. Randy was going to retire from the military in 2010 and start his own martial arts studio; he was tired of being gone from his family. He was so sure he would be coming home, he never could say “goodbye” on the phone calls he had with Katie.