Two Oregon National Guard soldiers were killed and another wounded Friday when a convoy they were guarding was attacked in Iraq, the Guard announced Friday.
PORTLAND — Two Oregon National Guard soldiers were killed and another wounded Friday when a convoy they were guarding was attacked in Iraq, the Guard announced Friday.
Ashland's National Guard unit is a part of the larger group to which the killed soldiers belong, but the names of the soldiers and which units they were part of have not been released.
The deaths bring to 19 the number of Oregon National Guard troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, said spokeswoman Kay Fristad.
Capt. Stephen Bomar said the incident happened during a convoy security mission in eastern Baghdad.
The names of the dead will be withheld for at least 24 hours, pending notification of next of kin, Bomar said. The injured soldier was taken to a combat support hospital.
The soldiers were part of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), which numbers about 2,700 and has been in Iraq about a month, said Fristad.
The brigade headquarters are in Tigard, and battalions within the unit are based in Clackamas, Portland, Forest Grove, Springfield, Ashland and Bend.