Sanfa was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 17th May 1968. He graduated from Tulsa Memorial High School in June of 1986; afterwards he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) as an Infantryman (O311). In 1987 he attended, and completed basic recruit training at the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot (USMC-RD) in San Diego, CA.
In 1991, Sanfa completed his tour of duty with the Marines after four years, and eight months of service. He then returned home to Tulsa, Ok to begin his college education. Wishing to continue to serve his country, he then enlisted in the US Army Oklahoma National Guard (ONG), as a Petroleum Specialist (77F) for Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 1st/245th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR).
In 1993, he reenlisted active duty in the US Army as an Infantryman (11B), and was assigned to A Company, 5th 502nd (Berlin Brigade), Berlin, Germany. In 1994 the Berlin Brigade was disbanded, thus he was reassigned to the 101st Air Assault Division, Fort Campbell, KY. There he volunteered for the 311th Military Intelligence Battalion, Long Range Surveillance Detachment (LRSD), and served as a senior scout, and assistant team leader.
In 1995, Sanfa volunteered for the Special Forces assessment and selection program. After attending and being selected to become a Special Forces weapons sergeant (18 Bravo), he was reassigned to Ft Bragg, NC to attend the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC), and Basic Military Language Course (BMLC)-Spanish.
After his graduation, Sanfa was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Ft. Bragg, NC. Sanfa first served on Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA) 752 (Mountain), then after a year and a half he was chosen to serve on ODA 755 (Maritime). In 2002, he was deployed to the Tarin Kowt Province, Afghanistan to participate in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). After his tour of duty was complete, Sanfa requested to attend specialized training, and assignment to a Commander’s In-extremis Force (CIF). In 2003, he attended and completed the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis, and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC).
At the end of 2003, he was assigned to C Co, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Stuttgart, Germany. During his tenure in C Company, Sanfa deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF III), and then later on as the Operations Sergeant of ODA 032, he deployed to Iraq again, this time in support of the Iraqi Counter Terrorist Force
In 2008, he concluded his tour of duty with C Co. 1st Bn, 10th SFG (A), and was reassigned to the Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), there he served in the SOJ35 Contingency Operations directorate, and later as an SOJ37 Exercise Planner. After his three year tour was over in 2011, Sanfa was reassigned to the International Special Training Center (ISTC), Pfullendorf, Germany. At ISTC, he served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) for the Combat Branch section, which focused on teaching NATO Special Operation Forces (SOF) partners critical SOF tactical level skills (Close Quarters Combat (CQC), Combatives, SOF Planning and Combat Marksmanship). In 2014, Sanfa was reassigned back to SOCEUR, as the SOJ5 NCOIC. Sanfa retired on the 1st of August 2017, with 30 years of combined service to our nation’s defense.
The following are the medals, Badges, decorations that Sanfa has earned over the course of his military career:
Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ 2 Campaign Stars (ACM)
Bronze Star Medal w/ 1 Star 2nd Award (BSM)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM)
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
Army Commendation Medal 4th Award (ARCOM)
Joint Service Achievement Medal (JSAM)
Army Achievement Medal 3rd Award (AAM)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (JMUA)
USN Unit Commendation (NUC)
Army Superior Unit Award (ASUA)
Army Good Conduct Medal 7th Award (AGCM)
USMC Good Conduct Medal (GCM)
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 2nd Award (AFEM)
South West Asia Service Medal w/ Bronze Service Star (SWASM)
Global War On Terrorism Service Medal (GWOTSM)
Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star 3rd Award (ICM)
Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon 3rd Award (NCOPDR)
Army Service Ribbon (ASR)
Overseas Service Ribbon 3rd Award (OSR)
USN Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (SSDR)
Inter-American Defense Board Medal (IADBM)
NATO Medal 2nd Award (NM)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudia Arabia) (KLM-Saudia Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) (KLM-Kuwait)
Special Forces Tab
Air Assault Badge
Combat Infantryman’s Badge