Fort Riley, Kansas



Spc. Robert Dyas died Sep. 21, 2011, 2nd Bn, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st HBCT, 1st ID

By 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office | PAO.MR | September 23, 2011

FORT RILEY, Kan. –Two Soldiers died due to injuries sustained from small-arms fire while on patrol in southern Afghanistan.

Sgt. Jakob Roelli, 24, of Darlington, Wis., and Spc. Robert Dyas, 21, of Nampa, Idaho, were on patrol in Jakari, Afghanistan, when their unit came under attack.

The Soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dyas joined the Army in January 2009 as a fire support specialist. Roelli joined as an infantryman in August 2007.

To date, 190 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

For more information, contact the 1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office at (785) 239-9142/ 8126 or e-mail