Fort Riley, Kansas



Spc. Nicholas Hensley died June 24, 2011, 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team

By 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office | PAO.MR | June 27, 2011

FORT RILEY, Kan. - A Soldier assigned to 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st

Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division died June 24 from wounds sustained after enemy forces attacked his unit with an Improvised Explosive Device.

Spc. Nicholas Hensley was severely injured in the June 15 attack and was transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Hensley's family was at his bedside when he died nine days later.

Hensley, 28, of Prattville, Ala., was a cavalry scout. He enlisted in the military in 2001, and joined the active component of the U.S. Army in November 2005.

This was Hensley's third combat deployment. Previously he had deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, to Iraq for seven months from May to November 2006 and 15 months from June 2008 to September 2009. Hensley deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Brigade in February 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Hensley's awards include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (awarded twice), Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.

To date, 187 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

For more information, contact the 1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office at (785) 240-0469 / 307-0641 or e-mail