Fort Riley soldier dies during Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq

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FORT RILEY (KSNT) – A soldier stationed at Fort Riley has been killed while serving in Iraq.

Friday, the Department of Defense announced 30-year-old Sgt. Joseph F. Stifter of Glendale, California died in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He died Thursday from wounds suffered when his armored vehicle, an HMMWV, was involved in a roll-over accident. The army says the accident is under investigation.

Sgt. Stifter was a field artillery cannon crew member assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley.

“Sgt. Stifter was an exceptional soldier and leader in our battalion,” said Col. Miles Brown, commander of the 2nd ABCT. “We are deply saddened by the loss of a member of the ‘Dagger’ family. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Dagger brigade go to his family and friends during this difficult time. His memory will forever remain with those who served with him.”

The Cailfornia native joined the Army in May 2011. He arrived at Fort Riley in Kansas the next year and deployed with his unit this past October to Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. He is survived by his wife, daughter, mother, and father.

His awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

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