Friday, July 20, 2007

Brandon M. Craig dies 'of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device'

FORT LEWIS — A soldier from Maryland who had been stationed at Fort Lewis was killed Thursday when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle.

The soldier, Cpl. Brandon M. Craig, 25, of Earleville, MD., died in Husayniyah, Iraq, from his wounds.

He was assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis.

A Department of Defense news release today (Friday) says that Craig enlisted Feb. 8, 2006, and completed Initial Training at Fort Benning, Ga.

He reported to Fort Lewis on June 28, 2006, and was assigned to the Stryker Brigade. He was assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Company on Sept. 7, 2006. The unit has been deployed since June, 2006.

His civilian and military education includes a high school diploma in 2000, and the Military occupational Specialty 11B (Infantryman) Qualification Course in 2006.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with V device and one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Fort Lewis will hold a memorial for Craig at a time and date to be determined.

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