In Service


Age: 20

Rank: Private first class

Branch of service: Army

Hometown: Modesto

High school: Modesto High, Class of 2005

Specialty: Engineer

Currently serving in: Afghanistan

Family: parents, Daniel and Rose Cavara of Modesto

Of note: Cavara was a member of the baseball and wrestling teams at Modesto High. He also is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the National Heroism Award from the Boy Scouts of America (Troop 194 in Modesto). Cavara has been in Afghanistan since March and is serving a 15-month deployment. Cavara is an engineer trained in demolitions and heavy equipment operations, operating the Buffalo (a large vehicle that digs up IEDs). He also is trained in the use of the M-16, M-4, the Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) and .50-caliber machine gun on Humvees.

The Bee invites local families to submit information and a photo of their relative serving in the Middle East. Send to:

Pat Machado

P.O. Box 5256

Modesto, CA 95352

or e-mail to: pmachado@modbee.com