2 Fort Riley soldiers killed in Afghanistan

By Rose Schneider

Two Fort Riley soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan within the past week.

Military officials said Tuesday afternoon that Capt. James D. Nehl, 37, of Gardiner, Ore. and Staff Sgt. Matthew Stiltz, 26, of Spokane, Wash. were both killed by enemy forces in different regions of Afghanistan within the last five days.

Stiltz was an infantry officer assigned to the “Big Red One” and to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley. He was killed in Monday in Zerok, Afghanistan and was posthumously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. He died of wounds suffered during an insurgent attack on his unit with indirect fire. Nehl was killed Nov. 9, when enemy forces attacked his units with small arms fire.

Stiltz arrived to Fort Riley in 2006 and had previously survived two deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This was his third tour. Nehl had also participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.

Currently, there are approximately 6,000 soldiers in active duty stationed in different territories in Afghanistan from the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (DHHB) and 4th Brigade Combat Team.

As Nov. 13, 204 Fort Riley soldiers, airmen and sailors have been killed while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

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