Soldier dies

Sgt. Nathaniel George Irish, 23, died in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.

Fort Wainwright soldier died in a non-combat situation in Iraq on Sunday, according to the Department of Defense. Sgt. Nathaneil George Irish, 23, died at Camp Taji. His death is under investigation.

According to Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell, Irish was from Billings, Montana and joined the Army in January 2015. Irish served at Fort Bliss, Texas, and in Kuwait from October 2017 to July 2018 before reporting to Fort Wainwright in November 2018.

Camp Taji is located a little under 20 miles north of the city of Baghdad. Irish was a small arms/artillery repairman with the 25th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. His awards included the two awards of the Army Commendation Medal, three awards of the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

There are roughly 2,200 soldiers from U.S. Army Alaska's 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division serving in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

Contact staff writer Alistair Gardiner at 459-7575. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMoutdoors.

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