My prior unit has had two confirmed deaths on this deployment.
SSG Justin Whiting died a week ago in Iraq. He was driving a vehicle when he got hit by an IED. His funeral is tomorrow. His folks have said some words. And it took a while for anyone to publish it, but here’s a good biography of SSG Whiting.
I think I saw him around while I was there, but I’m not sure.
Back in November, we lost CPT Benjamin Tiffner, also to an IED in Iraq. Never knew this guy.
Iraq (and Afghanistan) have completely dropped off the elections radar, especially now that the economy and stock market are sucking. Lots of people are still dying over there, and future progress is still dubious.