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Pentagon announces death of soldier deployed to Iraq

This undated photo released by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish. The Defense Department announced Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, that Irish died as a result of a non-combat related incident in Iraq.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 30, 2019

A soldier deployed to Camp Taji in Iraq has died, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

Sgt. Nathaneil G. Irish, 23, of Billings, Mont., died on Sunday in a non-combat related incident, a statement said.

Irish was assigned to 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, it added.

The incident is under investigation.

Irish joined the Army in January 2015 and served at Fort Bliss, Texas, before reporting to Fort Wainwright in November 2018, where he worked as a small arms/artillery repair NCO, a statement from his unit said.

He served in Kuwait from October 2017 to July 2018.

His awards included two awards of the Army Commendation Medal, three awards of the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal, the statement said.

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