I Salute You; Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli 

Mankato Times Army, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli, Monterey, Salinas, California, Afghanistan , Operation Enduring Freedom, obituary, tribute, hero, Mankato Times

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli, 42, of Monterey, California died Jan. 20, 2014 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by small-arms fire. 

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, U.S. Army Europe, Vilseck, Germany and was serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Edward, called “Eddie” by his family and friends was born and raised in Salinas, California and exemplified himself as a true American since early childhood. He attended school in Salinas and graduated North High. 

In early childhood, Edward was a Boy Scout; many family members who were in the military influenced him into a career in the Army.  Edward was a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and freshwater fishing. A favorite fishing spot of his was Pinto Lake in Watsonville. 

Edward met the love of his life when he met and married Kristy Balli. Eddie would often speak of his son, Michael and daughters, Momilani and Desirae. 

Edward had always been an outstanding example, mentor, and family hero to all generations of his family. 

Edward was recognized for his unwavering commitment to his country by working his way up as non-commissioned officer to Warrant Officer. 

His fellow Soldiers described Edward as an outstanding leader of Soldiers. He was a person with a kind heart and smile that aimed to please those who he worked for and with. 

“He cared about his guys more than anything. More than anyone,” said Staff Sgt. Tyronne Jones “We spent hours and hours discussing our soldiers and taking care of them. He’s truly been my best friend in this unit.” 

“This selfless act, defending his comrades, combined with his integrity, his determination and his incredible work ethic constitutes why we love and honor him today,” said Lt. Col. Ken Bradford, Regimental Support Squadron commander in a statement read during a ceremony honoring CWO Balli. “Chief is a courageous man who cares deeply for his soldiers and took care of his organization in any way he could.” 

“Eddie’s biggest concern in his career, as a leader, was always for the care and concern of the soldiers that worked with him,” his uncle Tony Virrueta said. 

He said Edward was the kind of man who “never complained” and did not seek notoriety. 

“He really died doing what he loved,” Virrueta said. “He was so proud of his service and he was so proud of his role in defending our country.” 

Edward was preceded in death by his father, Robert Balli of Texas. 

He is survived by his mother, Katie Balli Trevino of Salinas; wife, Kristy Balli of Kapolei, HI; children, Michael Donios of Santa Clara, Momilani Donios Morales, Desirae Abrera, both of Kalapei, HI; his brother, Ruben Balli of Gonzales and wife, Cory Balli and their children, Rikky, Raylynne and Ricshylle; sister, Sarah Balli (Junior Oropesa) of Soledad and her son, Jacob Oropesa; sister, Ofelia Balli Lopez of Gilroy and husband, Hector Lopez and sons, Junior, Andrew and daughter, Sienna; brother, Robert Balli Jr. and sister, Anna Balli Luna, both of Corpus Christi, TX; sister, Aurora Balli Anthony of Michigan, and numerous extended family members from Salinas. 

Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli, I Salute You 

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