Fort Riley, Kansas



Staff Sgt. William D. Vile, Killed May 5, 2009, Transition Team member

By Unknown | PAO.MR | May 07, 2009


FORT RILEY, Kan. – The Department of Defense today announced the death of a Soldier while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

On May 5, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner positively identified human remains recovered in Afghanistan to be those of a soldier who had been previously listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN).

Staff Sgt. William D. Vile, 27, of Philadelphia, Pa. died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using direct fire May 1 near the village of Nishagam, in Konar Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned as a Military Transition Team member to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

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.

To date, 164 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.