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Staff Sgt. Michael S. Zyla, Killed Dec. 13, 2005

By Unknown | Media Relations Office, Public Affairs | April 25, 2009

Staff Sgt. Michael S. Zyla, 32, of Elgin Ore., was killed Dec. 13 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV while his unit was conducting combat operations in Taji, Iraq.

Zyla was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor as a tank commander.

He entered in the United States Marine Corps in 1992 and joined the Army National Guard in 1998.

Zyla entered the active Army in 2002.

This was Zyla's second deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Approximately 3,700 Fort Riley Soldiers are currently deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. This incident brings the number of Fort Riley active duty Soldiers who have died while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to 64.