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    Press Release: W01 John M. Wirka, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    Press Release: W01 John M. Wirka, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)



    Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Veasley 

    7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    The Commander of 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Col. John W. Sannes, released the following statement expressing his condolences with Service Members and Families of 7th SFG(A),

    “On January 14, 2021, Warrant Officer John Wirka, from our 2nd Battalion, died from a non-combat related incident. With this tragic event, John leaves behind his spouse and one child. John served his nation honorably and was loved by many. We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our finest Soldiers. Our priority of effort now is to provide the best possible care to his family. Please keep his wife Erica, his child, his family, and his teammates in your thoughts and prayers while they grieve through this difficult time.”

    Warrant Officer John Michael Wirka, Jr. was born in Tampa, FL on October 2, 1984. He graduated from Lake Mary High School in 2003 and from The Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008. WO1 Wirka enlisted in the United States Army on February 8, 2010. He attended Infantry One Station Unit Training and Airborne School in Fort Benning, GA, then went on to Special Forces Assessment and Selection and the Qualification Course in September 2010 in Fort Bragg, NC. After successful completion of the Special Forces Qualification Course in February 2012, WO1 Wirka was assigned to 3rd BN, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Eglin AFB, FL. Here, he deployed multiple times in support of USSOUTHCOM, USNORTHCOM, and Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan. WO1 Wirka later served as the Senior Instructor at the Maritime Operations Training Detachment. There he trained 7th Group personnel in maritime operations and assessed Combat Diver Qualification Course candidates, helping to produce over 50 dive-qualified soldiers for the Special Forces Regiment. WO1 Wirka went on to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. WO1 Wirka commissioned as a Special Forces Warrant Officer in 2020 and was assigned as the Assistant Detachment Commander within the 2nd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

    WO1 Wirka’s military education consists of Airborne School, Warrior Leader’s Course, Advanced Leader’s Course, Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) School, Special Forces Engineer Sergeants Course, Raven Operator Course, Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course, Combat Diving Supervisor Course, Achilles Dagger, Ranger Course, Army Basic Instructor Course, Senior Leader Course, SOF Jumpmaster Course, and Special Forces Warrant Officer Technical and Tactical Course

    WO1 Wirka’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (2nd Award), Army Superior Unit Award, Army Achievement Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2nd Award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Non Article 5 Medal for ISAF Afghanistan (2nd Award), Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, and Special Operations Diving Supervisor Badge.

    Warrant Officer John Michael Wirka, Jr. is survived by his wife, Erica and their daughter.

    For additional information, contact Maj. Andrew J. Harshbarger, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office at (850) 885-7276.



    Date Taken: 05.26.2020
    Date Posted: 01.16.2021 13:32
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