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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
August 18, 2013 Non-combat Death
1st Lt. Timothy G. Santos Jr., 29, of Helena, Ala., died Aug. 18, 2013 in Fort Bliss, Texas, from a non-combat related illness diagnosed on March 24, 2013 in Kuwait City, Kuwait.  He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Posted at 8:03 am by ameliaairheadd

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
July 22, 2013 Non-combat Death
  Spc. Anthony R. Maddox, 22, of Port Arthur, Texas, died July 22, in Landstuhl, Germany, of a non-combat related incident that occurred in Andar, Afghanistan.  The incident is under investigation. 

            He was assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. 

Posted at 7:38 am by ameliaairheadd

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
July 14, 2013 Non-combat Death
Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, of Gentry, Ark., died July 14 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center following a medical evacuation from the aircraft carrier the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a scheduled port visit in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.  This incident is under investigation.

             He was assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

Posted at 7:06 am by ameliaairheadd

Friday, July 05, 2013
July 2, 2013 Non-combat Death

Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22, died July 2, 3013, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of a non-combat related incident that occurred in Qaraghahi, Afghanistan.

She was assigned to the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), 21st Signal Brigade, Fort George G. Meade, Md., and was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom at the time of her death.

Posted at 7:38 am by ameliaairheadd

July 3, 2013 Non-combat Death
1st Sgt. Tracy L. Stapley, 44, of Clearfield, Utah, died July 3, at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. 

       He was assigned to the 308th Medical Logistics Company, Saint George, Utah.

Posted at 7:32 am by ameliaairheadd

Sunday, June 30, 2013
June 29, 2013 Non-combat Death

Sgt. Justin R. Rogers, 25, of Barton, N.Y., died June 28, in Bagram, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident currently under investigation.  

He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky. 

Posted at 5:15 pm by ameliaairheadd

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
June 13, 2013 Non-combat Death

A team from the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center is investigating an apparent parachuting mishap that killed an Army Ranger who had just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.

Pfc. Christopher P. Dona, 21, was found dead Thursday after an airborne proficiency jump at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Dona, who was assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., was found on Taylors Creek Drop Zone. He was unconscious and without a pulse, according to a news release from U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

The Associated Press has reported Dona was found with parachute cords and canvas straps from a harness wrapped around his neck. An Army spokesman also said Dona’s parachute seemed to work normally during the jump, according to the AP. When he landed, wind filled the parachute’s canopy, dragging Dona about 350 feet along the ground, the AP reported.

The team of investigators from the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, which is made up of experts in safety, maintenance, operations and training, will lead the investigation into the mishap, spokesman Michael Negard said.

The investigators’ mission is to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident and make recommendations to prevent future accidents, he said.

Parachute accidents are uncommon, with the most recent one occurring in 2010, Negard said.

The goal is not to assign blame, Negard said, but to identify lessons learned and recommend “preventive measures for the future.”

“If we can glean something that can prevent the mishap from happening again or duplicating itself, that’s the goodness of it,” he said.

Dona, who joined the Army in January 2012, was remembered as a “true warrior.”

“Chris was an excellent Ranger who consistently displayed great courage and strength,” Lt. Col. Robert J. Harman, commander of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, said in a statement. “He was the kind of Ranger everyone wants by their side in a tough situation.”

Dona had just returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan last month.

He is survived by his parents.

Posted at 7:19 am by ameliaairheadd

Thursday, June 13, 2013
June 10, 2013 Non-combat Death
Staff Sgt. Jesse L. Thomas Jr., 31, of Pensacola, Fla., died June 10, in Helmand, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation. 

            He was assigned to the 39th Transportation Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Kleber Kaserne, Germany. 

Posted at 5:27 am by ameliaairheadd

Tuesday, June 04, 2013
June 1, 2013 Non-combat Death
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Mariano M. Raymundo, 21, of Houston, Texas, died June 1, in Sharan, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Posted at 6:14 am by ameliaairheadd

Saturday, May 18, 2013
May 15, 2013 Non-combat Death
Sgt. 1st Class Trenton L. Rhea, 33, of Oakley, Kan., died May 15, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, after drowning while attempting to cross a body of water during combat operations. He was assigned to the 603rd Military Police Company, 530th Military Police Battalion, 300th Military Police Brigade, 200th Military Police Command, Belton, Mo.

Posted at 6:19 am by ameliaairheadd

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