A Fort Carson soldier who died in Iraq is the third non-combat fatality in a week

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A third U.S. service member within a week has died in a non-combat related incident, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

Army Spc. Michael T. Osorio, 20, died on April 23 in Taji, Iraq, a Defense Department release says.

No information was immediately available on how Osorio died. The incident is under investigation.


Originally from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, he joined the Army on July 17 and arrived in Iraq on Feb. 23 as an intelligence analyst with 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division based out of Fort Carson, Colorado.

"The 3rd Armored Brigade would like to extend its deepest condolences to the friends, family, and fellow soldiers of Spc. Michael Osorio," his brigade commander Col. Michael J. Simmering said in a statement.

"Spc. Osorio's dedication to the mission and his unit, made him a valued member of the Iron Brigade. His loss will be felt throughout our formations. We ask that everyone keep the Osorio family in their hearts and prayers as they deal with the tragic loss of their soldier."

Osorio's military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

Army Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, died on April 20 in Ninawa province, Iraq. Air Force Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller, 24, died on April 19 at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

Defense officials have not released any information about the circumstances surrounding their deaths either.

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Spc. Michael T. Osorio (U.S. Army photo)
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