Baumholder-based 1st AD soldier is killed in Iraq
BAUMHOLDER, Germany — A Baumholder-based 1st Armored Division soldier was killed and another was critically wounded Monday in Iraq. The incident occurred when a soldier in a Bradley fighting vehicle accidentally fired a 25 mm cannon during maintainence, according to U.S. Central Command officials.
Pfc. Joseph Mayek, 20, of Rock Springs, Wyo., apparently is the first Germany-based soldier to die in Iraq since the war began March 20.
CENTCOM officials had not identified the wounded soldier pending notification of his family. The soldier was evacuated for treatment, but his condition is unknown, according to CENTCOM officials.
Both soldiers were from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment at Baumholder. A memorial for Mayek was held Wednesday at Baumholder.
The incident happened on the periphery of Baghdad’s international airport, according to CENTCOM officials and Baumholder sources.
CENTCOM officials said they are investigating the incident. No other details were released because the incident is under investigation.
Both soldiers were attached to V Corps.