Family, friends, Soldiers and the Fort Lewis community will remember Sgt. 1st Class Daniel E. Scheibner, 40, of Muskegon, Michigan, and Sgt. 1st Class David A. Cooper Jr., 36, of State College, Penn., in a memorial ceremony to be held Wed., Sept.19. at 11 a.m. in the Evergreen Chapel.
According to the Department of Defense, Scheibner died Aug. 29 in Al Noor, Iraq, from wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device exploded and Cooper died Sept. 5 in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related injury.
Scheibner was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) and Cooper was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team).
According to unit records, Scheibner entered military service on April 4, 1987. After initial entry training in military occupational specialty of 13B: Field Artilleryman, he served overseas for several years, including a two-year tour in Germany, deployment to Saudi Arabia from Sept. 1990 to March 28, 1991, and a three-year assignment in Hawaii. On Nov. 30, 1996, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as a gunner, ammunition sergeant, and howitzer section chief. On March, 1, 2002, he reported to Fort Sill, Okla., and was assigned to a field artillery training battalion as a drill sergeant. He reported to Fort Lewis on August 2, 2005, where he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) as a platoon sergeant. The brigade deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in April, 2007.
According to unit records, Cooper entered military service on June 25, 1988. He reported for his current term of active service in January 1994, when he reported to the 520th Maintenance Company in Korea for a one-year tour as a Material Storage and Handling Specialist. In February, 1995, he reported to Fort Drum, N.Y., where he served as an Automated Logistical Specialist. He reported to Fort Knox, Ky., to attend the Armor Crewmember Qualification Course in October 1996. In February 1997 he was assigned to Fort Lewis, where he served with 1st Battalion, 33rd Armor Regiment as an armor crewman; with 2nd Battalion, 358th Armor Regiment as an observer-controller/trainer; and with 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as a platoon sergeant. 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment was later re-designated 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in April 2007. Cooper has served with the brigade’s 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment since January 2007.