A Baumholder-based soldier died Saturday in Iraq, the ninth Germany-based 1st Armored Division soldier killed since division units began their second Iraq deployment last November, the Pentagon said Monday.
Pfc. Brett L. Tribble, 20, of Lake Jackson, Texas, died a day after injuries sustained in Ramadi on Friday, when an improvised bomb exploded near his Humvee. Tribble was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, based in Baumholder.
The Department of Defense released no further information. Little biographical information about Tribble was available as of deadline on Monday.
Tribble’s death follows a memorial ceremony held last Wednesday in Baumholder for Capt. Douglas A. DiCenzo and Spc. Robert E. Blair. Blair and DiCenzo died in Baghdad on May 25 when a roadside bomb hit their Humvee. Both were also assigned to 2-6.
Some 1,500 soldiers from 2nd Brigade were called up from Kuwait last week to serve in unstable parts of Anbar province. The full brigade originally deployed to Kuwait, where they were held as a ready reserve force. One battalion was called into Baghdad in March, with another two battalion-sized units called up last week.
Other 1st AD losses:
Staff Sgt. Emmanuel L. Legaspi, 38, of Las Vegas, killed in a firefight May 7 near Tal Afar. Legaspi was assigned to the Friedberg-based 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment.Pvt. Jody W. Missildine, 19, of Plant City, Fla., was killed April 8 in Tal Afar when a roadside bomb hit his Humvee. Missildine was assigned to 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, part of the 1st Brigade.Pfc. Jeremy W. Ehle, 19, was killed April 2 when his foot patrol came under fire near Hit in western Iraq. Ehle was assigned to 1-36, 1st Brigade.Staff Sgt. Darrell P. Clay, 34, of Fayetteville, N.C., and Sgt. Israel Devora Garcia, 23, of Clint, Texas, were killed in Baghdad on April 1 when an improvised bomb detonated near their foot patrol. Devora and Clay were assigned to 2-6.Pfc. Ricky Salas, Jr., 22, of Roswell, N.M., was killed March 7 between Tal Afar and Mosul when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. He was assigned to 1-37.The division’s 1st Brigade is in Tal Afar under the 101st Band of Brothers Task Force. Other 2nd Brigade units remain in Kuwait, while yet others remain in Baumholder.