FORT LEWIS, WA — The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to the Dept. of Defense, Pfc. Leonard J. Gulczynski, I, 19, of Carol Stream, Illinois died Sept. 17 in Iraq, of wounds sustained when his military vehicle was involved in a vehicle incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 610th Engineer Support Company, 14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade. The company deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March, 2008.
According to unit records, Gulczynski initially entered military service on June 7, 2007. After completing advanced individual training in his military occupational specialty of 21E: Heavy Construction Equipment Operator at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he reported to Fort Lewis on November 21, 2007. Gulczynski was assigned to the 610th Engineer Support Co., and deployed with the unit to Iraq in March, 2008
His civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2007), and the Military Occupational Specialty 21E (Heavy Construction Equipment Operator) qualification course. His awards and decorations include National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
On behalf of the entire Fort Lewis military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Private First Class Gulczynski.