Wright, Kyle, SPC

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Last Rank
Specialist
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2007-2010, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment
Service Years
2006 - 2010
Foreign Language(s)
Arabic-Gulf (Iraqi)
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1987
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Romeoville
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jan 13, 2010
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec 60; Site 8862

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Infantry Shoulder Cord 2nd Infantry Division


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 Unit Assignments
5th Brigade Stryker, 2nd Infantry Division2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment
  2007-2010, 11B10, 5th Brigade Stryker, 2nd Infantry Division
  2007-2010, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2020 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
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Last Known Activity
Published January 15, 2010

 

22-year-old first Fort Lewis soldier killed this year

MATT MISTEREK; The News Tribune

The family of a 22-year-old Fort Lewis soldier says he was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, which would make him the first local service member reported dead this year.

Spc. Kyle Wright, who was from suburban Chicago, died when his Stryker vehicle drove over an improvised bomb, his father, Richard Wright, said Thursday.

Wright served with the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and was a third-generation soldier.

“Kyle was a better man than me when I was 22, and was well on his way to being a better man than I am today,” said his father, who was a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division. “He was the most honorable man I’ve ever known in my life.”

There was no official release of casualties Thursday from Fort Lewis nor the Department of Defense.

Wright is the 31st member of the brigade reported dead since it deployed to southern Afghanistan last summer. All but one have been killed in explosions.

Richard Wright said the bomb that killed his son went off under the driver’s seat and that Kyle was dead by the time soldiers pulled him from the wreckage.

A graduate of Romeoville High School, Kyle Wright reported to Fort Lewis in January 2007 when the 5th Brigade was first being built, his father said, and he went through intensive Arabic language training as the brigade originally prepared to deploy to Iraq.

“He was one of the smarter kids in the outfit, so they tagged him with learning Arabic,” Richard Wright said. “He wasn’t supposed to be driving; they just needed someone with nerves of steel at the wheel.”

In addition to his parents, Kyle Wright is survived by three sisters and a brother, and he had a serious girlfriend he met in the Tacoma area.

His body will be escorted home by his brother-in-law, who works as a 5th Brigade supply sergeant, Richard Wright said.

   
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Soldier from Romeoville killed in Afghanistan

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_wright125cap.jpgArmy Spc. Kyle Wright, from southwest suburban Romeoville, typically served as infantry or used his Arabic fluency to explain a new world to his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan.

But the 22-year-old took on a new assignment just before Christmas, said his father, Richard. The 2006 Romeoville High School graduate got behind the wheel of an armored vehicle and drove 10 other soldiers on missions to secure the main highways of southern Afghanistan in the Taliban heartland.

They were returning from a mission Wednesday when Kyle Wright drove over a 250-pound improvised explosive device that went off right under the driver's seat,  his father said. Wright was dead by the time soldiers pulled him from the wreckage, Richard Wright said. The Army could not confirm the story or Wright's death.

Richard Wright said his son had "a sense of honor that is not even of this generation any more. He was just an unbelievable guy, wildly popular among the band of brothers that he served with."

Wright was deployed in July on a 12-month tour, his first. He was in love with his girlfriend, whom he met while stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., his father said. 

Wright joined the Army after high school, where he was in the Marine Corps JROTC program, Assistant Principal Lindy Steeves said.

"He was ... really good at things that he was passionate about," said Steeves, who has a wall full of student pictures in her office, including one of Wright in  fatigues.

Flags were  at half-staff Thursday at buildings throughout Valley View Community Unit School District 365U, which includes Romeoville High School, and at Romeoville Village Hall. Wright's father delivers food to the district's 21 schools, and Wright's stepmother is a secretary at a district elementary school.

--Kristen Schorsch

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/01/soldier-from-romeoville-killed-in-afghanistan.html

   
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