CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Okinawa Marine was killed Saturday in Anbar province, Iraq, according to a Department of Defense release Tuesday.

First Lt. Nathan M. Krissoff, 25, of Reno, Nev., died from wounds received while conducting combat operations in the province, according to the release. He was a counterintelligence officer with Okinawa’s Headquarters and Service Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

In a statement to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Krissoff’s family said he regularly participated in patrols throughout the province and talked often of his Marines’ heroics.

“He consistently and courageously led (his Marines) from the front,” the family said. “His commitment to his family, the Corps and his country never wavered. He was a tremendously loyal son, brother and American who made the ultimate sacrifice for the defense of his country.”

Before joining the Marine Corps in June 2004, Krissoff was a world-class kayaker. Along with a younger brother, he qualified for the U.S. Junior National Kayaking Team in 1998 and competed in the Junior Wildwater World Championships in Lofer, Austria.

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