This afternoon, the Pentagon announced the death of two Soldiers who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. Both Soldiers died Aug. 13, 2017, of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Northern Iraq.
Killed in the incident were Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, New York, and Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas.
The Soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Two 82nd Airborne paratroopers with C Battery, 2-319 AFAR deployed west of Mosul died Sunday when an artillery shell exploded as it was fired from a M777 howitzer. Five more paratroopers were hurt with three medevaced to Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center Hospital to receive treatment, and two more were treated on site and expected to return to duty soon.
According to eyewitnesses the gun in question had fired two counterfire rounds in support of Kurdish forces and was in the process of firing a third when the explosion happened, killing one paratrooper instantly and injuring six more. A second paratrooper would succumb to his injuries soon after. Observers also reported the 2nd round landing short of target prior to the third round being fired.
The incident is under investigation by the military.
Additional information on this tragic incident is available to media sources by contacting LTC Joe Buccino, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs, at (910) 432-6189, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.