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Maj. Andrew J. Olmsted, Killed Jan. 3, 2008, Transition Team member

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

Two Soldiers died Jan. 3 in As Sadiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using small arms fire during combat operations.

Killed were:

Capt. Thomas J. Casey, 32.

Maj. Andrew J. Olmsted, 37.

Casey was a military intelligence officer serving on a military transition team assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. His home of record is Albuquerque, N.M. He entered the Army in January 1997. He deployed on the team in June 2007. This was his second deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Olmsted was an armor officer assigned to the same transition team. His home of record is Colorado Springs, Colo. He entered the Army in February 1990. He deployed on the team in June 2007. This was his first deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

To date, 140 Fort Riley Soldiers and Airmen have died while serving in support of Operations Iraqi and 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.

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