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Capt. Brian M. Bunting, Killed Feb. 24, 2009, Transition Team member

By Unknown | Media Relations Office, Public Affairs | April 26, 2009

Two Soldiers died of wounds suffered Feb. 24 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle.

Killed were Capt. Brian M. Bunting, 29, and Sgt. Daniel J. Thompson, 24.

Bunting was an Individual Ready Reserve Soldier serving on a Military Transition Team assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. His home of record is Potomac, Md. He entered the Army in June 2002 and previously was assigned to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Syracuse, N.Y. He began serving with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley in March 2008.

Thompson was an Individual Ready Reserve Soldier serving on a Military Transition Team assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. His home of record is Madison, Wis. He entered the Army in December 2001 and previously was assigned to the 715th Military Police Company in Melbourne, Fla. He began serving with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley in August 2008.

Transition team training is a 60-day training cycle at Fort Riley to prepare small teams of American Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors to advise, teach, mentor and coach their Iraqi or Afghan counterparts.

To date, 161 Fort Riley Soldiers have died while serving in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

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