FORT LEWIS, Wash. – The Department of Defense announced today the death of Specialist Michael A. Dahl, 23, of Moreno Valley, Calif., who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He died Oct. 17 in Argahndab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
Spc. Dahl was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. The brigade deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July, 2009. This was Spc. Dahl’s second deployment. He had deployed previously to Iraq.
According to unit records, Dahl entered active duty January 20, 2007. On July 2, 2008, he reported to Fort Lewis, Wash., and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.
Dahl’s civilian and military education includes a High School Diploma (2003), and the Military Occupational Specialty 19K: Armor Crewman qualification course (2007).
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal-CS, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal – Mobilized, and the Combat Action Badge.
On behalf of the entire Fort Lewis military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the Family and friends of Spc. Dahl.