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Staff Sgt. Albietz’s was the leader of an explosives team at Kirkuk Regional Air Base in Iraq. As a result, Albietz was often caught in dangerous situations, with insurgent attacks always looming. In total, he was involved in more than 110 missions and contributed to the recovery and destruction of more than 40,000 explosives, most of which were IED for which he received the Bronze Star on March 2, 2007.


Army Pfc. Ken W. Leisten Died July 28, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom, 20, of Cornelius, Ore., assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, Oregon Army National Guard, Corvallis, Ore.; killed July 28 when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Taji, Iraq.


Army Spc. George V. Libby Died August 20, 2007 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 23, of Aberdeen, N.C., died Aug. 20 near Khowst, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat-related incident. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.


Army SSG. Dain T. Venne, 29, of Port Henry, New York. Died November 3, 2012, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command, U.S. Army Reserve, Oswego, New York. Died in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated during clearing operations.


Army Pfc. Robert L. Repkie Died June 24, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 20, of Knoxville, Tenn.; assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died June 24 at Forward Operating Base Farah, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a noncombat-related incident


Army Sgt. Todd A. Singleton Died April 8, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 24, of Muskegon, Mich.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died April 8 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire.


Army Spc. Michael E. Yates Jr. Died May 11, 2009 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom 19, of Federalsburg, Md.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany; died May 11 from injuries sustained in a shooting by a U.S. soldier at Camp Liberty, Iraq.


Army Sgt. Donald R. Edgerton Died July 10, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 33, of Murphy, N.C.; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died July 10 near Charadarre, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.


Remembering, always, the amazing men and women who have died serving our country. So grateful for their sacrifice. ❤️