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Air Force Pilot Identified; Three Servicemembers Killed in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2006 – Defense officials have identified the pilot of an Air Force F-16C that crashed outside Baghdad Nov. 27 as Maj. Troy L. Gilbert.

 
Gilbert is assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and deployed to the 332nd Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Force Base, Iraq. He is officially listed as “duty status: whereabouts unknown.”
 
An investigation is ongoing.
 
Two U.S. soldiers and a Marine have been killed in Iraq this week, military officials reported, and DoD released the identities of six Marines and six soldiers killed recently supporting the war on terror.
 
  • One soldier assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died today from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province.
  • A Task Force Lightning soldier assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, was killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle in Salah ad Din province, Iraq, yesterday. A second soldier from this unit was wounded and transported to a coalition forces medical treatment facility.
  • One Marine assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died Nov. 27 from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Anbar province.
The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
 
Meanwhile, the Defense Department has released the identities of six Marines and six soldiers killed recently supporting the war on terror.
 
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Michael A. Schwarz, 20, of Carlstadt, N.J., died Nov. 27 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Army Capt. Jason R. Hamill, 31, of New Haven, Conn.; 1st Lt. David M. Fraser, 25, of Texas; and Pvt. Joshua C. Burrows, 20, of Bossier City, La., died of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle Nov. 26 in Baghdad. Hamill and Fraser were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Burrows was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Bridade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Army 2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell, 35, of Hurricane, Utah, died Nov. 25 in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades while on patrol. He was assigned to 1st Corps Artillery, Utah National Guard, Camp Williams, Utah.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Daniel M. Morris, 28, of Clinton, Tenn., died Nov. 25 in Judiah, Iraq, of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood.
  • Marine Cpl. Michael C. Ledsome, 24, of Austin, Texas, died Nov. 25 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. Jeromy D. West, 20, of Aguanga, Calif., died Nov. 25 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
  • Marine Cpl. Nicholas P. Rapavi, 22, of Springfield, Va., died Nov. 24 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Army Cpl. Nathan J. Goodiron, 25, of Mandaree, N.D., died Nov. 23 in Qarabagh, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. He was assigned to the National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Marine Lance Cpl. James R. Davenport, 20, of Danville, Ind., died Nov. 22 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Davenport was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay.
  • Marine Pvt. Heath D. Warner, 19, of Canton, Ohio, died Nov. 22 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province. Warner was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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