Soldier killed in Germany car crash identified

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 14, 2014

The Army has identified the soldier killed in a fiery car crash west of Ansbach, Germany, on Sunday as Sgt. Kamien A. Stanford.

He was a member of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade’s 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regi-ment, based at Katterbach Army Airfield.

Stanford, 28, was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and enlisted in the Army in 2008 as a signal support specialist, according to a biography provided by his unit. After initial entry training, he was assigned to a military police company at Fort Drum, New York, and deployed to Iraq in 2009.

After returning in 2010, he was sent to Germany where he served in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 3-158. He deployed with the unit in March 2012 and led a team of eight soldiers at two sites in western Afghanistan, according to his biography. He redturned to Germany in January 2013.

Stanford was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant, a spokesman for the 12th CAB said in an email Wednesday.

Stanford died after his sport utility vehicle hit a highway divider on the A6 autobahn near Schwäbisch Hall, swerved across the road, rolled down an embankment and landed on its side in a ditch, where it caught fire. According to a report from German police, one of three other sol-diers with Stanford was driving when the accident occurred.

Passersby stopped to aid the soldiers and rescued three of them. Two were taken to a medical facility in Schwäbisch Hall and have been released, Capt. Michael Barranti, a 12th CAB spokes-man, said in an email. The third remains hospitalized in Stuttgart in critical but stable condition, Barranti said. Stanford died at the scene.

All but one of the soldiers in the accident were members of the 3-158. The fourth was a member of the 12th CAB’s 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, also based at Katterbach.

A memorial ceremony for Stanford is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 20 at the Katterbach Chapel.




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