UPDATE: 3 Fort Bliss Soldiers killed in Afghanistan attack

MGN Online
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 11:19am

Fort Bliss, TX (KDBC) — Fort Bliss officials have confirmed three soldiers from Fort Bliss have died in Afghanistan.

The soldiers are identified as SPC Mitchell Kirk Daehling and SPC William Joseph Gilbert. The name of the third soldier has not yet been released.

The two identified are from the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss.

Officials said both Soldiers died of injuries suffered when attacked by enemy forces using an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Sanjaray, Afghanistan on May 14, 2013.

"Very tragic news once again. There is another Soldier killed in the same incident, SFC Baker, however, he is from Fort Stewart, not Fort Bliss," said Maj. Joe Buccino, Fort Bliss Spokesman.

Twenty-four-year-old Specialist William Joseph Gilbert of Hacienda Heights, California, was an Infantryman who entered the Army from Los Angeles, August 2010. He received Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He arrived at Fort Bliss, his first permanent duty station, in January 2011.

Gilbert's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He is survived by his spouse. This was his first combat tour.

Twenty-four-year-old Specialist Mitchell Kirk Daehling born in Wyoming with a home of record in Dalton, Massachusetts, was an Infantryman who entered the Army from Boston, September 2010. He received Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He arrived at Fort Bliss, his first duty station, in January 2011. Daehling' awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with
a Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal. He is survived by his spouse. This was his first combat tour.

A third Soldier, twenty-nine-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey C. Baker of Hesperia, California, assigned to 766th Ordnance Company, 63rd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Stewart, Georgia, was killed in the same incident.

Officials plan to release photos of the soldiers later today.

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