Fort Carson Soldier Dies In Balad, Iraq

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The Department of Defense announced Monday the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Spc. Kevin R. Dickson, 21, a construction equipment repair specialist, assigned to the Group Support Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, was pronounced dead from wounds August 2 at the Joint Balad Hospital.

Dickson joined the Army January 2006 and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He also attended Basic Airborne and Parachute Rigger Schools at Fort Benning, Ga., before attending Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Dickson deployed for his first tour to Iraq in January 2007. He was on his second tour to Iraq at the time of his death.

Dickson has been awarded with several medals during his career, including Joint Service Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Dickson, a native of Steelville, Mo., is survived by his mother, Catherine Ann Neidig, and two brothers.

Dickson’s death is under investigation.

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