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Name of commander killed at Fort Bragg released

Posted June 30, 2012 10:24 a.m. EDT
Updated July 1, 2012 1:54 p.m. EDT

— Military officials have released the name of the leader of a battlefield surveillance unit killed by a fellow soldier during a safety briefing at Fort Bragg.

Authorities say Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, 42, died immediately after being shot Thursday, and the shooter then turned the gun on himself. Special agents from the Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the shooting.

The shooter is in custody, but his name and condition have not been released.

A third soldier, 22-year-old Spc. Michael E. Latham of Vacaville, Calif., also was wounded and has been released from the hospital.

Tisdale graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993 and was commissioned as an infantry officer. He took command of the battalion in January 2012 when the battalion was activated.

Tisdale's previous assignments include 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Brigade and 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga.; 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment and the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La.; and 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment and the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Army Achievement, National Defense Service, Afghanistan Campaign, Iraq Campaign, Global War on Terrorism Service and NATO medals; the Army Service and Overseas Service ribbons; the Air Assault, Combat Infantryman, Expert Infantryman and Senior Parachutist badges; the Joint Military Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Citation.