Department of Defense releases name of U.S. service member killed in Iraq.

(U.S. Department of Defense)

Dept. of Defense identifies soldier who died in Iraq

April 21, 2019 - 12:53 pm

By Ben Krimmel

An American service member has died in a non-combat related incident in Iraq.

Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, died April 20 in Ninawa Province, the Department of Defense announced Sunday.

Riley, a fire control specialist from Richmond, Kentucky, was supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

"We are deeply saddened by Ryan's passing. Our hearts go out to his family as together we mourn the loss of our brother-in-arms," said Col. Derek Thomson, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander. "As we grieve this tragic loss, we will also draw strength from his memory as his mates continue to build the capacity of the Iraqi Army and enable the defeat of ISIS."

He enlisted in October 2016 and was promoted the rank of specialist in October 2018. He arrived in Iraq in December 2018 as part of his first deployment, Lt. Col. Martin L. O'Donnell, spokesman for the 101st Airborne Division, said. 

Riley was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 

The incident is under investigation, the Pentagon said.

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