Thursday, September 15, 2011
His Star Has Turned From Blue to Gold
FAIRBANKS — A 19-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier was killed Friday by an improvised explosive device while patrolling with his unit in Afghanistan, according to U.S. Army Alaska.
Pfc. Brett Everett Wood, 19, of Spencer, Ind., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division as an infantryman. Next of kin have been notified.
Wood was killed and another soldier was injured Friday by the IED while his unit was on foot patrol, according to U.S. Army Alaska.
An Associated Press article reported Wood had only been back in Afghanistan for a few weeks after spending part of August at home recovering from a concussion he suffered in a previous bombing.
Wood and his 21-year-old brother, Nikk, enlisted in the Army and went to boot camp together in July 2010, after Brett Wood graduated from high school. He arrived in Alaska last November.
“He wanted to protect his family and his country and he really wanted to join after everything that happened with 9/11,” Wood’s sister, Amber Poland, told WTHR-TV.
The 4,000-soldier Stryker brigade deployed to Afghanistan in April for a one-year tour. The same brigade also had deployments to Iraq in 2005 and 2008.
Wood is the 12th soldier killed in combat since the Strykers began their latest deployment. They patrol three provinces in eastern Afghanistan.
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May Almighty God Bless this brave Soldier.
May Almighty God comfort his family, friends and comrades.