Earlier today, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Georgia Soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

First Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia, died yesterday, April 29, 2017, in Mosul, Iraq, from injuries he sustained while providing security support to local forces.  According to Army Times, an “improvised explosive device that detonated during a patrol outside Mosul was the cause of Lee’s death; however, the incident remains under investigation by the military.

First Lt. Lee was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Colonel Pat Work, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team had this to say:

“Lee was an extraordinary young man and officer.  He was exactly the type of leader that our paratroopers deserve.  Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Additional information on 1st Lt. Lee, including previous deployments and commendations is available to media sources by contacting the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at 915-245-7888.

First Lt. Lee is the third American war fighter this week to lose his life in the fight.  April 28, the Pentagon released the names of  two Army sergeants who died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.  Both were members of the Army’s elite Special Forces unit.

Killed were in action in Afghanistan, were  Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Illinois, and his brother-in-arms, Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio.  They died while their unit was involved in a raid on the compound of an ISIS/ISIL leader ear the Pakistan border.