FORT LEWIS, WA — According to the Dept. of Defense, Spc. Troy Orion Tom, 21, of Shiprock, N.M., and Pfc. Jonathan C. Yanney, 20, of Litchfield, Minn., died Aug. 18, of wounds suffered when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Arghandab, Afghanistan. Both Soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
According to unit records, Tom enlisted on Feb. 11, 2006, in Albuquerque, N.M. He entered active duty on June 14, 2006 and reported to Fort Benning, Ga., where he completed initial entry training and airborne training. He reported to Fort Lewis on Nov. 11, 2006, and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment; 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. This was his first deployment.
Tom’s civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2006), the Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman qualification course (2006), Airborne training (2006), HAZMAT Familiarization and Safety course (2007), and the Combatives Level I course (2007).
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman Badge, and Parachutist Badge.
According to unit records, Yanney enlisted on March 25, 2008, in Minneapolis, Minn. He reported to Fort Knox, Ky. for basic training on April 10, 2008, and reported to Fort Sill, Okla. for Advanced Individual Training on July 2, 2008. He reported to Fort Lewis on Sept. 6, 2008, and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment; 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. This was his first deployment.
Yanney’s civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2006), and the Military Occupational Specialty 13F: Fire Support Specialist Qualification course (2008).
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism 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 Spc. Tom and Pfc. Yanney.