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FLW soldier from 94th Engineers killed near Mosul, Iraq

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Dec. 9, 2008) — Department of Defense and Fort Leonard Wood officials announced Tuesday that a sergeant assigned to Fort Leonard Wood was one of two soldiers killed in an incident last week in Iraq.

Sgt. John J. Savage, 26, of Weatherford, Texas, was assigned to the 103rd Engineer Company of the 94th Engineer Battalion and had been scheduled to return soon from Iraq. Fort Leonard Wood personnel reported that Savage was killed on Dec. 4 while conducting a combat patrol by a suicide bomber in a truck near a base in Mosul, Iraq.

Memorial and funeral arrangements are pending.

The incident remains under investigation and Col. Robert Risberg, commander of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, plans to conduct a media briefing Wednesday afternoon regarding the incident.

Staff Sgt. Solomon T. Sam, 31, of Majuro in the Marshall Islands, was killed in the same incident. He was assigned to the 523rd Engineer Company of the 84th Engineer Battalion, which is part of the 25th Infantry Division assigned to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

Fort Leonard Wood currently has two major units deployed to Iraq: the 94th Engineer Battalion and the 5th Engineer Battalion. A smaller military police company has also been deployed from Fort Leonard Wood and the 50th Engineer Company, which is a multirole bridge company, will leave soon for Iraq with a deployment ceremony scheduled this week.

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