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Marine Gunnery Sgt. Scott Koppenhafer KIA in Iraq

Late yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Special Operations Marine who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

Gunnery Sergeant Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos, Colorado, died August 10, 2019, after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations in Nineveh Province.  He was assisting Iraqi security forces at the time of his death.

Koppenhafer was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  His home of record is Mancos, Colorado.  Gunnery Sgt. Koppenhafer leaves behind a wife and two children.

Additional information, including special training and previous deployments, is available to media sources by contacting Maj. Kristin Tortorici, MARSOC Communication Strategy and Operations Officer, at

The incident remains under investigation by the United States military.  Gunnery Sgt. Koppenhafer’s combat death is the first one in Iraq for August 2019.

Kansas Soldier Sgt. Christina Schoenecker dies in Iraq

Late today, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Kansas Soldier who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker, 26, of Arlington, Kansas, died Feb. 19, 2018, in Baghdad, from a non-combat related incident. Schoenecker was assigned to the 89th Sustainment Brigade, Wichita, Kansas. The incident is under investigation.

Frankie Murphy, Executive Officer for the 451st Sustainment Command:

“We express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they mourn the loss of a loved one. We’ve lost a valuable member of our team and she will be sorely missed.”

Additional information on Sgt. Schoenecker, including previous deployments, marital status and  commendations, is available to media sources by contacting the 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command Public Affairs at 316-681-1759.

Identities released of two 82nd Airborne Soldiers killed in Northern Iraq


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.

Army W.T.F. Moments published this on their site earlier today:    

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.

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