Monday, April 22, 2013
Pfc. Barrett L. Austin, 20, died Sunday in Landstuhl, Germany from injuries suffered in Afghanistan.
Editor's note: Updated April 22 at 6:36 p.m. to include information from Easley Patch. A Fort Stewart soldier died Sunday from wounds suffered during an improvised explosive device attack, according to a Department of Defense press release. Pfc. Barrett L. Austin, 20, died Sunday in Landstuhl, Germany, after being injured when his vehicle was attacked by an enemy IED April 17 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. Austin, a native of Easley, S.C., was assigned to the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. According to a report from Easley Patch, Austin's wife, Heather, and his parents, Curtis and Yolanda, were with him at the time of his death. The family is expected to return to South …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Fort Stewart, Fort Bragg soldiers killed by small-arms fire
Updated at 10:35 a.m. A 3rd Infantry Division soldier was killed in Afghanistan March 11, according to a Fort Stewart press release. Dead is Staff Sgt. Rex L. Schad, 26, of Edmond, Okla. Schad died March 11 from injuries sustained when he was attacked by small-arms fire, according to the release. Schad, an infantryman, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, 3rd ID. He joined the Army in 2006, according to the release. This was his second deployment. Also killed March 11 was Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel, a Fort Bragg, N.C., soldier assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). He also died from injuries sustained when he was attacked by small-arms fire.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Twenty-two years to the day from the end of Operation Desert Storm, the general who commanded the coalition force ground offensive was laid to rest at West Point, N.Y.
Tuesday, March 5
Army News Service WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Twenty-two years to the day from when Operation Desert Storm ended, the general who commanded the coalition force ground offensive was laid to rest at West Point, N.Y. A memorial service for retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, a U.S. Military Academy Class of 1956 graduate, was held at the Cadet Chapel here, Feb. 28, with family, friends and colleagues in attendance. Following the service, Schwarzkopf was buried near his father, Maj. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf Sr., at the West Point Cemetery. His father, a 1917 U.S. Military Academy, or USMA, graduate and cavalry officer, was a World War I veteran and founder of the New Jersey State Police and served as its first superintendent. A contingent of N.J. …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sgt. Aaron Wittman remembered fondly by Citadel classmates
A 3rd Infantry Division soldier who was killed Thursday was 2013's first U.S. casualty in Afghanistan. He was also a graduate of the Citadel, a famed militarty college in South Carolina, reports North Charleston Patch. Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, died from injuries suffered when his unit was attacked during a patrol in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. Wittman, a native of Chester, Va., was an infantryman assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. Wittman was a member of the Citadel's class of 2007, according to a press release from the school. He was the first U.S. casualty in Afghanistan in 2013, and the 18th Citadel almumnus to die in action in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the release stated. …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, died Jan. 10 from injuries suffered during a firefight in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province.
A 3rd Infantry Division soldier was killed Thursday in Afghanistan, according to a Fort Stewart press release. Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, died from injuries suffered when his unit was attacked during a patrol in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. Wittman, a native of Chester, Va., was an infantryman assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in 2008 and arrived at Fort Stewart in February of 2012. His awards included the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, according to the release. This was Wittman's second deployment.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf rose to national prominence during the first Gulf War.
Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf died Thursday at his home in Tampa, Fla., at the age of 78. Schwarzkopf, who gained national prominence in the early 90s as the commander of U.S. forces during the first Gulf War, was a career soldier and highly decorated Vietnam veteran. A former commander of U.S. Central Command, he is also credited with introducing desert camouflage, according to an NBC News report. On Friday, the Army released a statement on Schwarzkopf's passing, credited to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno and Scretary of the Army John McHugh. "Our nation has lost a soldier and statesman with the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf," the statement read. "Our prayers are with his family as we honor the memories of a man…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Funeral Services will be conducted Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Jones-Wynn Funeral Home in Douglasville, Ga.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Jeffrey Alan Davis, age 36, passed away Nov. 7. He was born March 10, 1976 in Mendota, Ill. His family moved to Douglas County where he attended Alexander High School and graduated from Lithia Springs High School in 1994. While in the U.S. Army in Fort Knox, Ky., he attended the University of Louisville where he served honorably as a Calvary Scout and was a Bradley Navigator. He was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Irwin, Calif.,, and Fort Stewart, Ga. He furthered his education at West Central Technical College after which he established his career in the mortgage lending business. He was an avid hunter and sportsman and was devoted to his family. He was a talented musician and writer. He is survived by his daughter, Jordan Davis; his …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
'Green-on-blue' attacks are on the rise, and have accounted for 14 percent of Coalition casualties in 2012.
According to the Department of Defense two Fort Bragg soldiers died on Thursday. U.S. Army Sgt. Clinton Keith Ruiz, 22, of Murrieta was killed by small arms fire when his unit was attacked in Khas Uruzgan, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., with the 9th Military Information Support Battalion (Airborne), 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne). The attack also killed Staff Sgt. Kashif M. Memon, 31, of Houston. He was also stationed at Fort Bragg. According to a family member, the attacks that took their lives were "green-on-blue" attacks -- incidents where American or Coalition soldiers are attacked by rogue Afghan security forces. According to a CNN report, "green-on-blue" attacks have increased …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Westboro Baptist Church members left within 10 minutes after nearly 1,500 people lines the streets of Raeford, N.C., to support the family of a fallen soldier.
A military funeral service was held in Raeford for a North Carolina National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson, 29, was one of three members of the Winterville-based 514th Military Police Company killed October 1 by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Her body arrived Friday at Pope Army Air Field on Fort Bragg. Read more: Hundreds of Patriot Guard Riders and other community supporters formed a human wall around the Raeford Presbyterian Church to shield the family from The Westboro Baptist Church who made it public that they would picket the service. Nearly 1,500 more people lined the streets of downtown Raeford waving flags and signs that they made to show their support for the family and friends. Thanks to the…
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley, command sergeant major of 1-7 Cavalry during the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam, died Oct. 10 at the age of 92. Plumley was portrayed by Sam Elliot in the film "We Were Soldiers".
Army News Service FORT HOOD, Texas -- Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Basil L. Plumley, former command sergeant major of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment "Garry Owen," 1st Cavalry Division, died from colon cancer Oct. 10 at 4 a.m. in Columbus, Ga. Plumley enlisted in the Army March 31, 1942 and retired Dec. 31, 1974. He is a veteran of World War II in Operation Husky, the Battle of Salerno, the Battle of Normandy and Operation Market-Garden. He is also a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Plumley served as the command sergeant major of 1-7 Cav during Vietnam and the Battle of Ia Drang. Plumley was portrayed by Sam Elliot in the film We Were Soldiers. "On behalf of the Soldiers and families of the 1st Cavalry Division, with which Command …