For those who haven’t been following the blogosphere, Major Andrew Olmsted was killed on January 3rd in Iraq along with a fellow Army Officer, Captain Thomas Casey. He left his final Postumus post on his website here. Read it, and keep his family in your thoughts and/or prayers.
DoD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Jan. 3 in As Sadiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using small arms fire during combat operations. Both Soldiers were assigned to the Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Maj. Andrew J. Olmsted, 37, of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Cpt. Thomas J. Casey, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M.
For further information related to this release, contact Fort Riley public affairs at (785) 239-3410.
I will leave it to you to find out who Andy was, there is enough talk going around the internet, and he was a major presence on many sites and forums.
As an Army Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, my heart sinks a little more when one of my brothers in arms falls. The official total as of today for US deaths in Iraq is 3908 since 2003.