FORT LEWIS, Wash. ‚Äî The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pfc. William T. Dix, 32, of Culver City, Calif., died April 27 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.
He was assigned to the 14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade, which deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March, 2008.
According to unit records, Dix’ prior military service includes an enlistment in the Marine Corps. He enlisted in the Army Reserves on Oct. 28, 2002, then enlisted in the active Army on April 7, 2004. Dix reported to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for training on April 4, 2004. Upon his graduation from the Combat Engineer Qualification Course in June, 2004, he was stationed at to Camp Castle, Korea, for a 12 month tour of duty. Dix reported to Fort Lewis on June 26, 2005. He was assigned to the 14th Engineer Bn., and deployed with the battalion to Iraq from November 2005 through October 2006.
His civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (1993), the Warrior Leadership Course (2005), and the Air Assault Course (2006).
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy and Marine Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2 awards).
On behalf of the entire Fort Lewis military and civilian community, we extend our sincere thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Pfc. Dix.