Fort Riley, Kansas



Maj. Steven Hutchison, Killed May 10, 2009, Transition Team member

By Unknown | PAO.MR | May 19, 2009


FORT RILEY, Kan. – A 1st Infantry Division Soldier who served in Vietnam and volunteered for active duty nearly 20 years after he retired from the Army died May 10 in Basrah, Iraq. Maj. Steven Hutchison, 60, died of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Al Farr, Iraq. He is the oldest U.S. Soldier killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Hutchison, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., in July 2008 as a member of a transition team. After completing training at Fort Riley, Hutchison deployed to Iraq.

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.

Hutchison joined the Army in 1966 and served two one-year tours in Vietnam. He served as a platoon leader in Germany and as commander of a basic training company at Fort Jackson, S.C. Hutchison's last assignment before retirement in December 1988 was as the assistant professor of military science at Claremont College in California. He volunteered for active duty recall in July 2007. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal, among others. He received a doctorate of psychology from the University of Delaware in 1988.

To date, 165 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.