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Army Sgt. William Friese dies in Kuwait

Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a West Virginia National Guard soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Kuwait.

Sgt. William Edward Friese, 30, from Rockport, West Virginia, died July 18, 2019, in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, from a non-combat related incident.

Friese was assigned to 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd, Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, Summersville, West Virginia.  

According to the online publication, Task & Purpose, Friese was a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic who joined the National Guard in 2008.  He served with the 821st Engineer Company for his entire career.

Additional information regarding Sgt. Willliam Edward Friese, including previous deployments and marital status, is available to media sources by contacting Maj. Holli Nelson, State Public Affairs Officer, West Virginia National Guard at 304-389-8184 or by email at holli.r.nelson.mil@mail.mil.

The non-combat fatality remains under investigation.

The death of Sgt. Friese brings to eight the number of service-members who have died supporting the Global War on Terror and anti-ISIS missions.

U.S. continues to suffer losses,both military and civilian, abroad

 

Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Special Forces soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, 32, of Carrollton, Virginia, died Jan. 22, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

SSG Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was also posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class.  He  leaves behind a wife and two children.

Additional information, on Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, including previous deployments and other service awards, is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

It was just last week, when the Department of Defense announced the death of Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas.  Sgt. Meddock died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany of wounds sustained by small arms fire in Badghis Province, Afghanistan earlier in the month.   Sgt. Meddock was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington.

For more information regarding Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, media sources may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

Earlier this month three Americans, two of whom were active-duty military, and one a retired Navy SEAL,  were killed in a suicide bombing attack in war-ravaged Syria.  There was also a  female, foreign-born interpreter who died as a result of the same attack.

Seymour-Johnson Airman dies in United Arab Emirates

 

Late Friday, July 13, 2018, the Pentagon announced the death of a United States Airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in the United Arab Emirates.

Staff Sgt. James Tyler Grotjan, 26, of Waterford, Connecticut, died July 12, at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident July 8, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

According to the Sgt. Grotjan’s family he died of over-exposure to methane gas while working underground in a manhole.  “As he was trying to climb out of the manhole, he went unconscious and fell back down”, his family stated.

He was assigned to the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Additional information including previous deployments, marital status, and commendations, is available to media sources by contacting the 4th Fighter Wing public affairs office at (919) 722-0027, (North Carolina).

 

 

 

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