Fort Bragg paratrooper killed in blast while on patrol in Iraq
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — An 82nd Airborne paratrooper from Georgia was killed in an explosion in Iraq on Saturday.
1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia died when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol outside Mosul, the 82nd Airborne Division said in a news release.
Saturday’s incident marks the second American military fatality since the start of the Mosul operation against the Islamic State group more than six months ago.
Lee, who was on his first deployment that began in Dec. 2016, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
“1st Lieutenant Wes Lee was an extraordinary young man and officer. He was exactly the type of leader that our Paratroopers deserve,” said Col. Pat Work, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team. “Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Lee, who was an infantry officer, joined