Army Lt Killed in IED Explosion Near Mosul
Army Lt Weston C Lee, 25, was killed on April 29th when he stepped on IED during an “advise and assist” support mission near Mosul. Lee was the 1st Paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division to be killed in combat in Iraq since 2014, and the first “All American paratrooper” since 2011. He was Ranger and paratrooper certified.
Lt Lee was attached to the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The 2nd Brigade has been tasked with supporting the attempt to retake Mosul, according to Military.com.
“He was exactly the type of leader that our paratroopers deserve. Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.” Col. J. Patrick Work, Brigade Commander
The Fayette Observer reported his military commendations as “National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Army Service Ribbon. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.”
Lt Lee joined the Army in 2015, and this combat assignment was his first overseas deployment. He is the 5th Service death since the start of the campaign against ISIS in 2014. He was from Bluffton, Georgia.
ISIS has held Mosul since June, 2014, and it has become a stronghold for the terrorist organization. The campaign to retake it started in 2016, using Iraqi and Kurdish forces. US Airstrikes drove the group from numerous areas in the city, but because its narrow streets, alleys, and rooftops have provided areas for the militants to hide. Clearing it has been difficult for the Iraqi forces.
Though the US maintains that American troops are not involved in actual “combat”, the “advise and assist” mission places them in harm’s way on a daily basis. R.I.P. Lt Weston Lee.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of LT Lee.