Germany-base Green Beret captain dies in Iraq combat
A Stuttgart, Germany-based Green Beret detachment commander died Thursday in Iraq after falling from a helicopter during a combat infiltration in Al-Anbar province, Iraq.
Capt. Jeffrey P. Toczylowski, 30, of Upper Moreland, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb, was seriously injured in the fall and airlifted to a military treatment facility, where he was pronounced dead, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Special Forces Command.
Toczylowski was assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Panzer Kaserne in Boeblingen, about five miles south of Stuttgart.
Maj. James Gregory, a spokesman for the Special Forces Command, declined to say where in Al-Anbar province the incident happened or to describe the mission Toczylowski was performing. Gregory said an investigation was being conducted to determine the cause of the fall.
Gregory said that funeral arrangements were incomplete.
A spokeswoman for Stuttgart-based U.S. European Command said Toczylowski was single and that a private memorial service was scheduled in the Stuttgart area.
In 1997, Toczylowski was assigned as a platoon leader with the 554th Military Police Company in Stuttgart, according to a biography issued by the 10th Special Forces Group headquarters in Fort Carson, Colo. He deployed with the company to Bosnia in support of Task Force Eagle.
In 2000, Toczylowski began a nearly three-year stint as a force protection officer at Special Operations Command Europe in Stuttgart. He attended the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2003 and was later assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th SFG, according to the biography.
Toczylowski is survived by his parents, Philip and Margret Toczylowski, of Upper Moreland.
“I had a lot of great memories. He was a genuine, good person. That was most important,” Philip Toczylowski said in an interview with a hometown television station.
It has been a trying year for Toczylowski’s detachment, the EUCOM spokeswoman said. On June 27, Master Sgt. Christopher Keith, 40, the detachment’s team sergeant, died from an apparent heart attack during a training run near Panzer Kaserne.