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Two Fort Bragg paratroopers killed in Iraq

Posted August 14

Two Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division were killed Sunday in Iraq, according to the United States Army.

— Two paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division were killed Sunday in Iraq, according to the United States Army.

Sgt. Allen L. Stigler, 22, of Arlington, Texas, and Sgt. Roshain E. Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment with the 2nd Brigade Combat team.

A Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Rob Manning, said an artillery unit was firing on an Islamic State mortar position "when a mishap occurred." Manning said there is no indication that IS played a role in the deaths.

He couldn't provide other details because the incident is under investigation

Five others suffered injuries that Manning said are not life-threatening.

"Sergeants Brooks and Stigler were courageous patriots and Paratroopers who served our coalition and the people of Iraq with extraordinary commitment," said Col. Pat Work, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. "Our team extends its most sincere condolences to their Families and friends. Their personal commitments to our campaign against ISIS were extraordinary and we are incredibly proud to have served with them."

Stigler joined the army in November 2013 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in 2015. The mission was his first combat deployment.

Stigler has received the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and the Parachutist Badge.

Stigler was posthumously promoted from specialist to sergeant, the Army said.

Brooks joined the Army in July 2012 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. He was previously deployed to Afghanistan from June to November 2014.

Brooks has received the Army Commendation medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign with Campaign Star, the Parachutist Medal and the Air Assault Badge.

Both Brooks and Stigler were posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and Combat Action Badge.

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  • Wayne R. Douglas Aug 14, 9:39 p.m.
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    My prayers, to the families and friends, of these 2 awesome American heroes, these 2 patriots, these 2 black men.

  • Jeffrey Derry Aug 14, 8:56 p.m.
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    God Bless both these true patriots!