Soldier from Richmond dies in Iraq

Specialist Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond Kentucky was identified as the solider who died Saturday in Iraq in a "non combat related incident" that is under investigation. 


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Specialist Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, was identified as the solider who died Saturday in Iraq.

In a news release from the Department of Defense, Riley died this weekend in the Ninawa Province from a "non-combat related incident," which is now under investigation.

He served in the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell.

Riley was a fire control specialist, which integrates and processes tactical battlefield information from users and sensors through a network of Army command systems.

Riley arrived in Iraq in December for his first deployment supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Spc. Riley's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.

In a statement from Col. Derek Thomson, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander, "We are deeply saddened by Ryan's passing. Our hearts go out to his family as together we mourn the loss of our brother-in-arms. As we grieve this tragic loss, we will also draw strength from his memory as his mates continue to build the capacity of the Iraqi Army and enable the defeat of ISIS."

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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