Pentagon has identified a U.S soldier who died in a noncombat incident in Iraq this week.
Spc. Avadon A. Chaves, 20, of Turlock, Calif. died Wednesday at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq’s Anbar province, the military said in a release.
Chaves, who joined the Army in 2015, was assigned to the Fort Bliss, Texas-based 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and was as supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield in the fight against Islamic State.
In a statement Saturday, the leadership of Chaves' unit reached out to his family. “On behalf of the entire Iron Brigade, we want to give our most sincere condolences to the family of Specialist Chaves during this difficult time," said Col. Charles Lombardo, commander of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division currently based in Kuwait.
The latest death brings the number of coalition fatalities in Operation Inherent Resolve this year to 14, 13 of which were Americans.
That tally includes two deaths due to an artillery mishap, which is a combat-related incident but was not due to enemy action.
There have been just five coalition deaths this year in support of Inherent Resolve resulting from hostilities.
The circumstances surrounding Chaves' death are under investigation, the Pentagon said.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military jury found him guilty of murder in connection with the death of a fellow airman in Guam, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.
A Russian man got drunk as all hell and tried to hijack an airplane on Tuesday, according to Russian news agencies.
So, pretty much your typical day in Siberia. No seriously: As Reuters notes, "drunken incidents involving passengers on commercial flights in Russia are fairly common, though it is unusual for them to result in flights being diverted."