Baumholder-based 1st AD soldier is killed in Ramadi
Another 1st Armored Division soldier has been killed in Iraq, the Pentagon said Wednesday, identifying the soldier as Pfc. Jeffrey P. Shaffer.
Shaffer, 21, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, which is based in Baumholder, Germany. Shaffer was killed Sept. 13 in Ramadi when a roadside bomb hit his Bradley fighting vehicle, according to a Department of Defense news release.
Pentagon records listed Shaffer’s hometown as Harrison, Ark.
Officials at the 1st Armored Division headquarters said no memorial service had yet been scheduled for Baumholder.
According to hometown news reports, Shaffer’s funeral services are scheduled for Saturday in Bellmead, Texas, near where his parents live.
KWTX television station in Waco, Texas, reported that Shaffer’s grandfather, the Rev. Lester Adams, will preside over the funeral.
Ramadi has long been one of the most violent cities in Iraq and a center of the Sunni-led insurgency in Anbar province. First Armored Division troops were shifted into Ramadi earlier this year as part of an aggressive plan to expand the U.S. hold in the city.
Near-daily fighting has been reported in recent weeks, with U.S. troops slowly and methodically expanding their hold on areas of the city.