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A Germany-based soldier has died of injuries he sustained in a tent fire on a U.S. base in Iraq last week, military officials said Wednesday.

Spc. Felipe J. Garcia Villareal, 26, of Burke, Va., died at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, according to the Pentagon. Garcia Villareal was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, which deployed to Iraq last fall from Warner Barracks in Bamberg.

Military officials could provide few details of the incident, which occurred Feb. 9, but said an investigation is under way.

About 440 members of the battalion deployed in October to Iraq, where they serve as part of Task Force Dagger. It is the second rotation to Iraq for the unit. In 2003, the battalion fought its way to Baghdad alongside the 3rd Infantry Division.

This time around, the 54th Engineer Battalion has largely been tasked by the 2nd Marine Division with searching for and deactivating roadside bombs in and around Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. Its missions have taken members of the unit from Ramadi all the way out west to the Syrian border.

There was no information late Wednesday about whether a memorial service has been scheduled for Garcia Villareal in Bamberg.


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