Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Joseph F Stifter

Glendale, California

January 28, 2016

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
30 Army Sgt

1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division

Fort Riley, Kansas

 Died at Al Asad Airbase, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from wounds suffered when his armored HMMWV was involved in a roll-over accident.

From The Capital-Journal cjonline.com 01/29/16:

Sgt. Joseph Stifter, former Fort Riley soldier, dies in Iraq
Stifter was engaged in Operation Inherent Resolve against IS


Posted: January 29, 2016 - 6:06pm

A soldier assigned to Fort Riley died Thursday in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense has announced.

Sgt. Joseph F. Stifter, 30, died from wounds suffered when his armored vehicle was involved in a rollover accident, according to the defense department. The accident is under investigation.

Stifter was originally from Glendale, Calif., and was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley. He died at Al Asad Airbase in Iraq’s Anbar Province.

According to the Pentagon, Stifter was engaged in Operation Inherent Resolve, the military’s offensive against the Islamic State terrorist group.

“Sergeant Stifter bravely answered the call to serve our country, and we will forever be indebted to him for his service and sacrifice on our behalf,” said U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran in a news release.

Stifter leaves behind a wife and daughter, according to Moran.

“My deepest sympathies go out to his family, and I ask all Kansans to join me in keeping his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” he said.
From Imperial Valley News imperialvalleynews.com 02/02/16:

Governor and First Lady Honor Sgt. Joseph F. Stifter

Written by IVN
Category: California News
Published: 02 February 2016
Sacramento, California - On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Sgt. Joseph F. Stifter, who bravely gave his life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Sgt. Joseph F. Stifter, 30, of Glendale, CA, died January 28 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from injuries sustained in a vehicle rollover accident that is under investigation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS. Sgt. Stifter was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol. Sgt. Stifter’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.
From The Los Angeles Times latimes.com 01/30/16:

Soldier from Glendale killed in crash while serving in Iraq

By Ryan FonsecaContact Reporter
An Army sergeant from Glendale serving in Iraq was killed last week in a rollover accident, Army and Department of Defense officials said.

Sgt. Joseph F. Stifter, 30, suffered fatal injuries when his armored vehicle rolled over at Al Asad Airbase in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, the Department of Defense confirmed Friday.

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An Army sergeant from Glendale serving in Iraq was killed last week in a rollover accident, Army and Department of Defense officials said.

Sgt. Joseph F. Stifter, 30, suffered fatal injuries when his armored vehicle rolled over at Al Asad Airbase in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, the Department of Defense confirmed Friday.

A spokeswoman with the 1st Infantry Division said other people were injured in the crash, and the incident is under investigation.

Stifter was a field artillery cannon crew member with the 1st Infantry Division deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, officials said in a statement from the Army’s 1st Infantry Division.

“Sgt. Stifter was an exceptional soldier and leader in our battalion,” said Col. Miles Brown, commander of the 2nd ABCT, in the statement. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a member of the ‘Dagger’ family. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Dagger brigade go to his family and friends during this difficult time. His memory will forever remain with those who served with him.”

Stifter joined the Army in May 2011 and moved to Fort Riley, Kan., in January 2012. He was deployed to Iraq with his unit in October, according to Army officials.

Stifter received three Army Commendation medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

He is survived by his wife, daughter, mother and father, according to the Army statement.

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