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A Veteran’s Day Spotlight: Honoring Eduardo Rangel, Terra-Petra’s own Hero

November 11, 2014
Eduardo Rangel - Terra-Petra Deputy Methane Barrier Inspector

Eduardo Rangel – Terra-Petra Deputy Methane Barrier Inspector

Today, on this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014, we honor those who have served to protect our great nation. One of those happens to be Terra-Petra’s own Eduard Rangel, who joined the Terra-Petra team in February of 2013 as a registered Deputy Methane Barrier Inspectors (DMBI) in the City of Los Angeles. Eduardo obtained an Associate Degree in construction inspection at Mt. San Antonio College. He was previously enlisted in the U.S. Army for five years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is certified for the inspection of all LADBS approved methane/waterproofing barriers, including Tremco Paraseal GM/LG, Cetco Liquid Boot and Coreflex, Tremco Barrier Solutions VaporLock-M, Epro Ecoline-S, among others.

While we think Eduardo is pretty heroic in the world of methane mitigation and environmental engineering, we are even more proud to be working with one of our nation’s true heroes. He is someone who, quite literally, put his life on the line to serve and protect our great nation. Thus we are even more proud to report that In 2007 and 2010, Eduardo Rangel received two prestigious awards from the Army which highlighted his commitment to excellence and love of his country.

In 2007, SPC Eduardo Rangel received a wartime award for valor and heroism from the US Army for “exceptional veterans day spotlight terra-petrameritorious service while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. SPC Rangel’s personal courage and commitment to mission accomplishment in a combat zone, under the most extreme circumstances, greatly contributed to the success of Operation Enduring Freedom. SPC Rangel’s performance reflects great credit upon him, combined task force fury, combined Joint Task Force-82 and the United States Central Command.”

Eduard’s superiors highlighted the fact that he exhibited “courage under fire” in Shavak Afghanistan, and in the Paktia, Poli-alarm, and Logar provinces of Afghanistan while conducting combat patrols. He laid down heavy suppressive fire for his platoon members engaging the enemy. As the enemy attacked several times via well-organized ambushes, SPC Rangel remained calm while taking commands and calling out enemy distance and description. He participated in over 100 combat mounted and dismounted patrol missions in these Paktia, Poli-alarm, and Logar provinces of Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom VIII. His tireless efforts, knowledge, and willingness to give resulted in accomplishment of all of his assigned missions covering thousands of miles of rugged terrain throughout all three provinces.

The second citation was awarded to Eduardo in 2010 for “meritorious service as a combat engineer while assigned to Eduardo Rangel - Terra-Petra Deputy Methane Barrier InspectorAlpha Company, 508th Special Troops Battalion from 04 March 2006 to 01, November 2010.” The citation goes on to state: “SPC Rangel’s technical and tactical competence, combined with his dedication to duty set the example for others to follow. His attention to detail and selfless service inspired every paratrooper to achieve success.  His performance reflects great credit upon himself, Alpha Company, 508th Special Troops Battalion, The 82nd Airborne Division, and the United States Army.

One of the achievements highlighted in the award document outlines how Specialist Rangel was deployed to West Point NY where he was assisted in the training of over 120 Cadets in Demolitions and Urban Breaching Techniques. He was also a part of two deployments to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, LA. During the JRTC deployment, he was key to his Platoon’s ability to conduct Route Clearance and Sanitation Operations. He mentored and instructed the Platoon on numerous techniques, tactics and proceedures…often citing personal experiences.

One might agree, upon reading about Eduardo Rangel’s accomplishments with the U.S. Army, that he is a perfect fit for Terra-Petra and all that we do to help protect people from harmful environmental issues. As a combat engineer and team leader, Eduardo developed valuable skills in training and mentoring team members, which provide a tremendous amount of experience to Terra-Petra’s inspection team. We are honored to have this true hero on our team!

Happy Veteran’s Day to Eduardo Rangel and all men and women who have served and who continue to service the United States of America.

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