On June 16, 2016, Army Staff Sgt. Michael Vickers was killed in Iraq while serving with a special forces unit.
His funeral is scheduled for June 22.
“Michael Vickers, one of the bravest, most dedicated, most honorable soldiers in our Army, died at his home in the desert on June 16th,” Col. Robert Anderson, the commandant of the Army’s Military Personnel Command, said in a statement.
Vickers died in his hometown of New Mexico, but his remains were found in a desert in northern Iraq on March 19, 2018. “
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Vickers died in his hometown of New Mexico, but his remains were found in a desert in northern Iraq on March 19, 2018.
His death was a reminder of the dangers of combat and the risks the military faces every day, but also of Vickers’ courage and resolve.
Vickers and his wife, Kelly, have three children.
He had been deployed to Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.
During his time in Iraq, Vickers became an Army Special Forces member and became an infantryman, an officer and a sergeant.
He was deployed to Kuwait in 2010, but was never able to return.
“I just wanted to get back out there and make the most of it,” Vickers told The Associated Press in 2016.
“It’s just the kind of job that you want to do, the kind you want people to know about, and the kind that you’re good at.”
Vicks’ death marked the second death of an American soldier in Iraq in less than a month.
In March 2018, Lt.
Col. Christopher E. Mancuso, 28, died after an explosion during an Iraqi army training exercise.
The incident took place at the Iraqi border with Turkey and was the second time that an American military officer died in Iraq.