As of Thursday, July 24, 2014, 72 U.S. service members with Nebraska connections have died in Afghanistan or Iraq since the beginning of military operations following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, according to the Department of Defense and family members. Two military-employed civilians who had Nebraska connections also were killed in Iraq.
Latest Nebraskan reported to be killed, according to the Department of Defense, the Nebraska National Guard or families of the victim:
— Staff Sgt. Benjamin Prange, 30, who was raised in the Hickman-Roca area, died July 24, 2014, of wounds suffered when his vehicle struck an explosive device in Mirugol Kalay in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. He was based in Fort Collins, Colorado, with the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
Previous deaths in Afghanistan or Iraq with Nebraska connections:
— Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb A. Nelson, 26, a native of Omaha, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, when his vehicle was struck by an explosive device while on combat patrol in Zabul province, Afghanistan. Nelson was assigned to Naval Special Warfare united based in Norfolk, Va.
— Marine Sgt. Joshua Robinson, 29, of Omaha, died Aug. 7, 2011, while on combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Robinson was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, which is based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
— Master at Arms, Class 1 John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, was among the 30 American troops killed when a military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011, family members said. Douangdara was a 2003 graduate of South Sioux City High School.
— Sgt. Patrick Hamburger, 30, of Grand Island, died Aug. 6, 2011, in eastern Afghanistan when insurgents show down a U.S. military helicopter. He was a member of the Nebraska National Guard. Hamburger arrived in Afghanistan less than two weeks before the crash.
— Sgt. Omar Jones, 28, died July 18, 2011, of a noncombat-related injury in Afghanistan, the Nebraska Army National Guard said. His death at a base in Balkh Province is under investigation by the Department of the Army. The Nebraska National Guard said Jones was an electrician assigned to the 623rd Engineer Company in Wahoo.
— U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Nielson, 27, of Jefferson, Iowa, died June 29, 2011 in Badrah, Iraq, during a fire attack by insurgents. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. Nielson was born in Omaha and lived in Lincoln before moving with his family to Iowa.
— Spc. Joseph Cemper, 21, died April 16, 2011, in Afghanistan after being injured when a man posing as an Afghan soldier detonated several grenades, killing himself as well. He was assigned to the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Cemper moved from the Omaha suburb of Papillion to Warrensburg, Mo., before he began high school.
— Army 2nd Lt. Mark Noziska, 24, died Aug. 30, 2010, in Malajat, Afghanistan, after an improvised explosive device went off, according to the military and family members. Another soldier from Noziska's unit was also killed. Noziska graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2008 and from Papillion-La Vista High School in 2004. Noziska was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. He was posthumously promoted to first lieutenant.
— Staff Sgt. Michael A. Bock, 26, died Aug. 13 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, according to the military. Bock grew up in Springfield, Neb., and spent most of his childhood in the state before moving to Leesburg, Fla. when he was in high school. Bock was assigned to the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.
— Pfc. Edwin C. Wood, 18, of Omaha, died July 5 from wounds suffered in an insurgent attack on his vehicle near Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to military officials. Another soldier in the same vehicle also died of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated. Wood was assigned to 1st Squadron, 71st Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), based in Fort Drum, N.Y. Wood had returned to Afghanistan after a visit with family one day before his death.
— Spc. Blaine E. Redding, 22, of Plattsmouth, Neb., died June 7 in Konar, Afghanistan, when a roadside bomb exploded, according to the military and family members. Four soldiers who were in the same vehicle as Redding also died. Redding was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, based in Fort Campbell, Ky.
— Pfc. Michael Jarrett, 20, of North Platte, Neb., died Jan. 6, 2010, in Balad, Iraq. His death was a result of injuries suffered in a noncombat incident. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, based in Illesheim, Germany.
— Sgt. Justin Duffy, 31, of Cozad, Neb., died June 2, 2009, in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near the Humvee he was riding in. He was serving with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army based in Fort Bragg, N.C.
— Capt. Robert J. Yllescas, 31, of Lincoln, Neb., died Dec. 1, 2008, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., of wounds suffered Oct. 28 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
— Cpl. Adrian Robles, 21, Scottsbluff, Neb.; died Oct. 22, 2008, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
— Michael B. Doheny, 30, of Omaha died Dec. 9, 2007, in Iraq along with two other men working for a military contractor. The Pentagon said the men's vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb southeast of Baghdad. They worked for SOC-SMG, Inc., a subcontractor for Tetra Tech EC Inc. Friends say Doheny grew up in Broken Bow and graduated from Broken Bow High School.
— Special agent Nathan J. Schuldheiss, 27, of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations died Nov. 1, 2007, of wounds from an improvised explosive that was detonated near Balad Air Base. Schuldheiss was assigned to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
— Pfc. Christopher Pfeifer of Spalding died Sept. 25, 2007, in San Antonio. The Defense Department said Pfeifer was injured Aug. 17 when insurgents attacked his unit near Kamu, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Germany.
— Sgt. Jacob Schmuecker, 27, of Norfolk died July 21, 2007, in a roadside bomb explosion in Balad, Iraq, the Nebraska Army National Guard confirmed. Schmuecker was 10 months into his first tour of duty with the Guard's 755th Chemical Company, based in O'Neill. He graduated from West Holt High School in Atkinson in 1999 and joined the National Guard in 2001.
— Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey L. Chaney, 35, was killed July 17, 2007, in Iraq's Salah Ad Din Province by a roadside bomb, the military said. Chaney was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eleven, out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. Chaney was from Omaha and graduated in 1990 from Bellevue West High School.
— Spc. Dustin L. Workman II, 19, was one of five soldiers from his unit killed by improvised explosive devices in Baghdad on June 28, 2007, according to the military. The Greenwood man was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. That unit is based at Fort Carson, Colo. Workman graduated from Ashland-Greenwood High in 2005.
— Spc. Josiah W. Hollopeter, 27, died June 14, 2007, in Balad, Iraq, after his four-man sniper team was attacked in Al Muqdidiyah. The Pentagon said he was part of the 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division, which is based in Fort Hood, Texas. His father said Hollopeter graduated from Valentine Rural High School in 1998. Hollopeter was also survived by his wife, Heather, who lived near the post at Fort Hood.
— Val John Borm, 21, of Sidney, Neb., died in Iraq during the week of June 10, 2007, in an explosion, his father said. Borm was serving as an infantryman in the Army's B Company, 2nd Battalion with the 35th Infantry. The unit is based at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Borm graduated from Sidney High in 2005 and enlisted in the Army a few months later.
— Army Spc. Adam Herold, 23, of Omaha, Neb., died in Iraq on June 10, 2007, in an explosion. Herold enlisted in the Army in 2005. He attended Roncalli High School.
— Chief Warrant Officer Chris Allgaier of Fort Bragg, N.C., died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, in a crash of his CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter in Afghanistan. His father said the soldier was a 1991 graduate of Omaha Creighton Prep High School and had been a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.
— Spc. William Bailey, 29, of Bellevue, Neb., died May 25, 2007, near Taji, Iraq. He had been serving with the 755th Chemical Company, based in O'Neill, and was providing security for a military convoy when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle. Three other Nebraska soldiers were hurt.
— Cpl. Matthew Alexander, 21, of Gretna, Neb., died in Iraq on May 6, 2007, along with five other soldiers. He had been serving with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, based in Fort Lewis, Wash. Alexander enlisted in the Army after graduating from Gretna High School in Nebraska in 2004.
— Army Staff Sgt. Ken Locker Jr., 28, of Burwell, Neb., died in Iraq on April 23, 2007. He had been serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and had been stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C. He graduated from Burwell High School and enlisted in the Army while still in high school, according to his family.
— Army 1st Lt. Kevin Gaspers, 26, of Hastings, Neb., died in Iraq on April 23, 2007. He had been serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and had been stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C. He graduated from St. Cecilia Catholic High School in Hastings in 2000, and later attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
— Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Adam McSween, 26, of Valdosta, Ga., died April 6, 2007, near Kirkuk in northern Iraq when a rocket hit his vehicle. McSween graduated in 2001 from York College, where he met his wife. He was buried in York.
— Army Sgt. Wayne Cornell, 26, died in Baghdad on Monday, March 19, 2007, according to family members. Cornell was based at Fort Riley, Kan., but he grew up in Holstein, Neb., and graduated from Silver Lake High School in Roseland in 1999.
— Army National Guard Sgt. Randy J. Matheny, 20, of McCook died on Feb. 4, 2007, from wounds suffered when an IED — an improvised explosive device — was detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1074th Transportation Company based out of Sidney.
— Army 1st Lt. Jacob Fritz, 25, died on Jan. 20, 2007, in combat operations in Iraq, the Department of Defense said. He was a 2000 graduate of Dawson-Verdon High School and 2005 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
— Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy W. Mulhair, 35, died on Nov. 30, 2006, when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle in Taji, Iraq, the Department of Defense said. He was born in Michigan but raise through high school in northwest Omaha, a sister said. He was a member of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, which is based in Fort Hood, Texas.
— Lance Cpl. Mike Scholl, a U.S. Marine whose wife and daughter live in Vancouver, Wash., died of injuries caused by a roadside bomb in Al Anbar province in Iraq on Nov. 14, 2006. Scholl graduated from Lincoln High School in 2002. Scholl was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii.
— Staff Sgt. Scott E. Nisely, 48, of Marshalltown, Iowa, was killed Sept. 30, 2006, while providing convoy security west of Baghdad. Nisely is a 1976 graduate of Syracuse (Neb.) High School. One other member of the Iowa National Guard died when insurgents attacked the convoy.
— Army National Guard Spc. Germaine Debro, 33, of Omaha, was killed in a roadside bombing near Tikrit, Iraq, over the weekend of Sept. 2-4, 2006, according to his family. He was serving with the 1st Squadron, 167th Cavalry.
— Staff Sgt. Jeffrey J. Hansen, 31, of Cairo, died Aug. 27, 2006, from wounds suffered during a Humvee accident near Balad, Iraq, on Aug. 21, 2006. Three other members of the Nebraska National Guardsmen were injured in the crash.
— Spc. Joshua Ford, 20, of Pender died July 31, 2006, near An Numaniyah in south-central Iraq. An Army National Guardsman, Ford was killed by a roadside bomb that also wounded another Nebraska Guardsman.
— Army Spc. Jeremy Jones of Omaha was killed in Iraq on June 27, 2006, by a roadside bomb, according to family members. The 25-year-old was serving in Iskandariyah with the 1st Battalion of the 67th Armor Regiment, which is based in Fort Hood, Texas.
— Army Reserve Pfc. Benjamin Slaven, 22, of Plymouth was killed by a roadside bomb June 9, 2006, near Kirkuk. He was serving with the 308th Transportation Company of Lincoln.
— Marine Lance Cpl. Brent Zoucha, 19, of Clarks, died June 9, 2006, after an explosion in Anbar province. Zoucha graduated from High Plains Community High School in 2005.
— Army Sgt. Lonnie Calvin Allen, 26, of Bellevue was killed May 16, 2006, when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb near Baghdad, his family said. The 1998 Bellevue East graduate was serving with the Army's 10th Mountain Division.
— Special agent Daniel J. Kuhlmeier, 30, of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations died Feb. 20, 2006, in Baghdad. According to the military, Kuhlmeier, who was assigned to a unit at Offutt Air Force Base, died when his convoy was struck by an explosive.
— Army 1st Lt. Garrison Avery, 23, of Lincoln was killed in Iraq on Feb. 1, 2006, his parents said. Avery had been stationed with the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Ky. Avery was deployed in October and stationed south of Baghdad, said his father, Gary Avery.
— Army Capt. Joel Cahill, 34, was serving his third stint in Iraq when he was killed by a roadside bomb on Nov. 6, 2005. Cahill, a Papillion-La Vista graduate, was a member of the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry from Fort Benning, Ga.
— Army Staff Sgt. Jason Fegler, 24, was killed Nov. 4, 2005, while serving with the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell, Ky. He was 1999 graduate from Banner County High School.
— Army Spc. Darren Howe, 21, of Beatrice died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on Nov. 3, 2005, from injuries he received in a roadside bomb in Iraq on Oct. 17.
— Sgt. Jason T. Palmerton, 25, of Auburn, died on July 23, 2005, in Qal'eh-Yegaz, Afghanistan, after coming under enemy fire during a foot patrol. Palmerton was a Green Beret assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.
— Staff Sgt. Tricia L. Jameson, 34, of Omaha was killed July 14, 2005, near Trebil, Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded near her ambulance as it approached wounded Marines.
— U.S. Army Pfc. Eric Paul Woods, 26, of Omaha was killed by an explosion on July 9, 2005, in Iraq when he stopped to help a wounded soldier on the side of a road. Woods was assigned to G Troop, 2nd Squadron of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based out of Fort Carson, Colo.
— U.S. Marine Sgt. Nick Nolte, a native of Falls City, Neb., died Nov. 24, 2004, at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., from injuries received when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb near Baghdad.
— Lance Cpl. Shane E. Kielion, 23, of La Vista, Neb., died Nov. 15, 2004, as result of action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Division based in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
— Army 1st Lt. Edward D. Iwan, 28, Albion, Neb.; died Nov. 12, 2004, in Fallujah when a grenade struck his vehicle. He was assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany.
— Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric L. Knott, 21, Grand Island; killed Sept. 4, 2004, in an attack in Iraq. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, Port Hueneme, Calif.
— Sgt. 1st Class Linda Tarango-Griess, 33, of Sutton. Tarango-Griess, of the Nebraska Army National Guard, was killed July 11, 2004, when a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq.
— Sgt. Jeremy Fischer, 26, of Lincoln. Fischer, of the Nebraska Army National Guard, was killed July 11, 2004, when a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq.
— Lance Cpl. Kyle Codner, 19, of Shelton. Codner was killed May 26, 2004, along with two other Marines while conducting security and stability operations in Iraq's Al Anbar province.
— Cpl. Matthew Henderson, 25, of Bennet. Henderson was killed May 26, 2004, with Codner and another Marine in Iraq's Al Anbar province. Both Henderson and Codner were assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
— Spc. Dennis Morgan, 22, of Valentine. Morgan was killed April 17, 2004, when a roadside bomb exploded south of Baghdad. He was a member of the 153rd Engineer Battalion of Winner, S.D.
— Pvt. Noah Lee Boye, 21, of Grand Island. Boye was killed April 13, 2004, when his Marine unit came under fire near Fallujah, Iraq.
— Sgt. David McKeever, 25, of Buffalo, N.Y. McKeever, who was buried in his wife's hometown of Kearney, was killed April 5, 2004, in ambush outside of Baghdad. McKeever was a member of the Army's 1st Armored Division.
— Sgt. Cory R. Mracek, 26, of Hay Springs, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C. Mracek was a paratrooper killed Jan. 27, 2004, when a roadside bomb exploded west of Baghdad.
— Sgt. Dennis A. Corral, 33, of Kearney. Corral, based out of Fort Riley, Kan., was assigned to Company C, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. He died Jan. 1, 2004, when traveling in a convoy to Baghdad International Airport. Officials said Corral's vehicle went out of control and rolled over.
— Spc. James R. Wolf, 21, of Scottsbluff. An engineer assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 52nd Engineer Battalion of the 43rd Area Support Group, based in Fort Carson, Colo., Wolf was killed Nov. 6, 2003, in Mosul, Iraq, when a homemade bomb exploded near his convoy.
— Staff Sgt. Daniel Bader, 28, of York. Assigned to Tiger Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Bader was one of 15 U.S. soldiers killed Nov. 2, 2003, in an attack on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter near Fallujah, Iraq.
— Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Swisher, 26, of Lincoln. Assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Swisher was one of two soldiers killed when their patrol was ambushed and hit by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades on Oct. 9, 2003, in Baghdad.
— Petty Officer 3rd Class David J. Moreno, 26, of Gering. Assigned to the 4th Marine Division, Moreno died July 17, 2003, in Iraq from an accidental gunshot wound. He was a Navy medic.
— Spc. Nathaniel A. Caldwell, 27, of Omaha. Assigned to the 404th Air Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Cardwell was killed May 21, 2003, when his vehicle rolled over in Baghdad. He was an Army tank mechanic.
— Capt. Travis A. Ford, 30, of Ogallala. Assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, Ford was killed on April 4, 2003, when his helicopter crashed near Ali Aziziyal in Iraq.
— Sgt. Philip J. Svitak, 31, of Fremont. Svitak was killed March 4, 2002, when the helicopter he was riding in was shot down in Afghanistan. Svitak was an aircraft repairman with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment of Fort Campbell, Ky.