Two Fort Riley Soldiers Killed in Iraq

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December 28 - A soldier based in Ft. Riley, Kansas is one of the latest casualties in the war in Iraq.

Sgt. 1st Class Dexter E. Wheelous, 37, of Winder, Ga., died Dec. 25 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations.

Capt. Hayes Clayton, 29, of Georgia, died Dec. 25 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting combat operations. Clayton was assigned to the 842nd Military Training and Transition team, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

Clayton was orginally from Fort Valley, Ga. He entered the Army in June 2002 and worked as a logistics officer before being assigned to the transition team mission at Fort Riley in July 2006. This was Clayton’s first combat deployment.

Wheelous was assigned to the 842nd Military Training and Transition team, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

Wheelous was orginally from Winder, Ga. He entered the Army August 1987 and worked as a recruiter before being assigned to the transition team mission at Fort Riley in July 2006. This was Wheelous’s first combat deployment.

One hundred American troops have been killed so far in December,
making it the second deadliest month for US military personnel
this year.

Major General William Caldwell called it a "difficult month" and expressed the military's condolences to the families of those killed.


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