FORT LEWIS, Wash. – The Department of Defense announced today the death Pfc. Derrick D. Gwaltney, 21, of Cape Coral, Fla., who died Nov. 29 south of Basra, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash.
According to unit records, Gwaltney enlisted July 22, 2008 at Tampa, Fla., and reported to Fort Jackson, S.C., for basic training. On October 6, 2008 he reported to Fort Lee, Virgina, for Advanced Individual Training in Military Occupational Specialty 92G: Food Service Specialist. He reported to Fort Lewis on January 3, 2009, and was assigned to 17th Fires Brigade. The brigade deployed to Iraq in July, 2009. This was his first deployment.
Bates civilian and military education includes a General Equivalency Diploma (2001) and the 92G: Food Service Specialist Qualification Course (2009). His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. On behalf of the entire Fort Lewis military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends Pfc. Gwaltney.