Fort Riley, Kansas



Spc. Garrett Fant died Sep. 26, 2011, 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st HBCT, 1st ID

By 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office | PAO.MR | September 29, 2011

FORT RILEY, Kan. – A Soldier died due to injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan.

Spc. Garrett Fant, 21, of American Canyon, Calif., was on patrol in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar Province when an IED detonated Sept. 26.

Fant was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Fant joined the Army in March 2009 as an indirect fire infantryman. This was his first deployment. Fant's awards include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, and the Army Service Ribbon.

To date, 192 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 .