08 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Soldier's death at Fort Drum may be a suicide
There is an investigation into the death of Tam T. Nguyen at Ft Drum on Nov. 25.

U.S., ISF Combine to Secure Polling Sites
Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division combined with Iraqi federal police to move concrete barriers and cement blocks for increased security measures during the upcoming election at polling sites in the New Baghdad District, Dec. 7.

Fort Drum's 1st Brigade - and Lake Placid Captain - prepare for deployment to Afghanistan
Reporter Chris Morris spoke with one North Country soldier from Lake Placid who will be shipping out with the 1st Brigade.

Press Release- David E. Thomas

Fort Drum Soldier killed in Rhode Island

FORT DRUM, NY - A Fort Drum Soldier was killed in a shooting incident in
Providence, R.I. Sunday, Dec. 6.

Killed was Pvt. David E. Thomas, age 22, of Roxbury, Mass.

Pvt. Thomas served as a multichannel transmission systems
operator-maintainer with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion,
10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).

Pvt. Thomas joined the Army in December 2008 and arrived to Fort Drum in
July 2009. His awards and decorations include the National Defense
Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service

The Providence Police Department is leading the investigation.

Fort Drum officials have offered their full cooperation.

Waide James

Via Florida Today.com

TITUSVILLE – Services will be held this evening at the Newcomer Funeral Home in Titusville for Waide James, an Iraq war veteran who was stabbed to death Dec. 1 while stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y.

A public service will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home on South Washington Avenue.

James, 20, of Port St. John and fellow soldier Diego Valbuena, 23, were found dead in an apartment complex near the base. They suffered multiple stab wounds. The incident occurred just three days before James’ 21 birthday.

A third soldier, Joshua Hunter, 20, was arrested a day later at a hotel in southern Ohio, and is being held on two counts of second-degree murder.

All three soldiers were veterans of the Iraq war. James, 20, of Port St. John, was getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan when he was killed.

James graduated from Titusville High School in 2006 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 2007. Fort Drum is home of the 10th Mountain Division. James spent 15 months in Iraq.

He served as a motor transport operator with the Headquarters Battalion of the 10th Mountain Division, according to Fort Drum's public affairs office. James received awards and decorations including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and overseas service ribbon.

A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home.

James will be buried with full military honors at the Florida National Cemetery in Sumter County.

Diego Valbuena

Via CBS 12.com

PALM CITY - A Port St. Lucie solider is murdered at Fort Drum, New York. Today, he is was laid to rest in Palm City. Diego Valbuena was murdered on December 1, 2009. The accused killer is his roommate, Joshua Hunter. Wednesday, dozens gathered for his funeral in Palm City. This morning was the mass at Holy Redeemer Catholic church. Then, a full military burial. Friend, Luis Roman, says, "He was just a great guy, he was always smiling, always cheerful, always happy in school. Seriously, he was the best guy ever." "Everybody was at peace because he's fine in New York and we weren't expecting that," says family friend, Carolina Catala.

Joshua Hunter is a Military Policeman and has been charged with two counts of second degree murder. He's accused of stabbing Valbuena and Port St. John soldier, Waide James, to death. Hunter's family says he has not been the same since he returned from Iraq last Spring.
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