The Department of Defense announced yesterday the death of a Fort Riley, Kansas, Soldier who died while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.
Sgt. Joseph F. Stifter, 30, of Glendale, California, died Jan. 28, 2016, at Al Asad Airbase, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from wounds suffered when his armored HMMWV (commonly known as a Humvee) was involved in a roll-over accident. There was no information regarding other Soldiers who might have been injured in this incident.
Stifter was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. According to information reported by Stars and Stripes, Stifter is survived by his wife and one daughter.
Col. Miles Brown, commander of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team,
“Sgt. Stifter was an exceptional soldier and leader in our battalion. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a member of the ‘Dagger’ family.”
Sgt. Stifter enlisted in the Army May 2011. He deployed to Iraq October 2015. Sgt. Stifter was awarded several honors by the Army to include three Army Commendation Medals, an Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Fort Riley is home to 1st Infantry Division’s “Big Red One” and is named for Maj. General Bennett C. Riley, the Army officer who led the first military escort along the Santa Fe Trail.
For additional information related to the death of Sgt. Joseph Stifter, media sources may contact the 1st Infantry Division public affairs office at 785-307-6744. Circumstances surrounding the incident that caused Sgt. Stifter’s death is still under investigation by the military.