Army identifies soldier killed in noncombat incident in Baghdad

Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker, 26, shown here at basic training, died in a noncombat incident Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve


By CHAD GARLAND | STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 20, 2018

The Pentagon has identified a soldier who died in a noncombat incident Monday in Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State campaign.

In a statement Tuesday, the military said Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker, 26, of Arlington, Kan., died in Baghdad. The circumstances of her death are under investigation, which is standard for fatal events.

Schoenecker, an Army Reserve human resources specialist, was assigned to the 89th Sustainment Brigade, Wichita, Kan.

"We express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker,” said Frankie Murphy, executive officer for the 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command, higher headquarters of Shoenecker’s assigned brigade, in a statement. “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."

Schoenecker enlisted in May 2009, according to details provided by the sustainment command. A sergeant since January 2015, her awards include an Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster and an Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

The unit’s deployment to Iraq, which began last June, was Schoenecker’s first.

On a Facebook profile photo she posted in April, Schoenecker exchanged comments about the upcoming deployment with friends, telling them she planned to print out many family photos to take with her overseas.

Her death is the international alliance’s third fatality this year, after servicemembers died in two separate noncombat incidents last month — an American soldier Jan. 8 and a Scottish soldier Jan. 31.

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