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Capt. Ulises Burgos-Cruz, Killed Apr. 6, 2008, Transition Team member

By Staff Writer Ty Abney | Media Relations Office, Public Affairs | April 26, 2009

Pronouncer: (You-liss-is Burr-goes Crooz)

Capt. Ulises Burgos-Cruz, 29, died April 6 in Balad, Iraq when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

Burgos-Cruz was an ordnance officer serving on a military transition team assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. His home of record is Puerto Rico.

He entered the Army in June 2001 and deployed on the 1st Inf. Div. transition team in June 2007.

Spc. Matthew T. Morris, 23, assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Hood, Texas, also died in the attack.

To date, 148 Fort Riley Soldiers and Airmen have been killed while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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.