Sergeant Tristan Mykal Wade passed on to eternal life March 22, 2013, while on his last mission before rotating home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. Sgt. Wade served in the U.S Army as a combat engineer in the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 573rd Clearance Company stationed at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Sgt. Tristan Wade was born on Dec. 23, 1989, in Muncie, Ind. and joined the Army on June 26, 2009, immediately following graduation from high school. Sgt. Wade valiantly served his unit and his country by conducting route clearance along roads frequently traveled by U.S. forces and personally neutralizing several IEDs, saving countless lives, in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Wade was known for his ceaseless dedication to training, supporting and mentoring the soldiers in his platoon, as well as always placing the mission first. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star
, the Purple Heart
, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Tristan Wade, the dedicated husband and father, loving son and brother, and dearest friend, will always be remembered for his characteristic smile, infectious positive, outgoing and humorous personality, and commitment to the newfound love of his life, Alisha Nicole Morales Wade. Tristan and Alisha were married on June 15, 2012, just prior to his deployment to Afghanistan; not everyone knew of their union, but a full Catholic church wedding was planned for June 1, 2013. Throughout his deployment, Alisha was a dedicated Army wife, sending routine care packages, Facebook messages, photos and videos to help keep her hero strong. Their commitment to each other was undeniable and, as a family, we looked forward to their new life together with a PCS to Fort Carson, Colo., planned shortly after the wedding. Tristan was also a dedicated and loving father to his 4-year-old daughter, Skylynn. She loved spending time with them both and her personality proves that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Sgt. Wade is survived by his wife, Alisha Morales Wade, and her family, all from Las Cruces, N.M.; and his daughter, Skylynn Wade, and parents Daniel and Tisa Wade, all of Indianapolis, Ind. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten, by all, including the brave men and women of the 573rd Clearance Company, 2d Engineer Battalion, and the 36th Engineer Brigade. A memorial service celebrating the life of Sgt. Tristan Mykal Wade will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Health Church, located at 1178 N. Mesquite St., in Las Cruces, N.M. Family and friends are invited to gather at the parish hall immediately following the memorial service to share stories and visit with the family. Casual dress is appropriate. Flowers are a welcome gesture; alternatively, the family also suggests donations in honor of Sgt. Tristan Wade and all the brave souls before and after him, to the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen, 116 Purple Heart Drive, Dover AFB, DE 19902, 302-677-2398. This facility provides extensive accommodations and support to families of all fallen military members as they are returned to U.S. soil.