SOUTHEAST VALLEY VA CLINIC TO BE NAMED AFTER HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
The Department of Veterans Affairs will dedicate their Gilbert Clinic to U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Alexander W. Conrad, in a ceremony on 23 April 2022 at 11:00am.
The ceremony will take place at the VA clinic, located at 3285 S. Val Vista Drive and will be live streamed via YouTube. All community members are welcome to attend.
SSG Conrad, a 2010 Hamilton High School graduate, who had been twice deployed to Afghanistan, was killed in a June 8, 2018, firefight with al-Qaida-aligned al Shabaab militants in Somalia. He was a posthumous recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor and Meritorious Service Medal.
Born in Mesa, Alex joined the Army in June 2010. After completing initial training, he was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, as a human intelligence collector. While stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Alex deployed to Afghanistan twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He later completed the French Basic Language Course at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in 2016, and was subsequently assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group as a human intelligence noncommissioned officer.