DoD announces 1st Cavalry casualty in Iraq

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Pfc. Brian. P. Odiorne, 21, of Ware, Massachusetts died Feb. 20, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood,Texas.

Brian is described by his friends as  a kind, gentle, caring person who’s heart was as big as was his smile.

Another message reads:

“My heart is broken i lost one of my greatest friends today… i was just on the phone with you yesterday talking about how our days were. And you listening to my daughter babble to you, telling me you couldnt wait to meet my daughter and ses your nieces. I will forever remember the last words you have said to me. ” i miss you and i love you, ill talk to you tomorrow” tomorrow never came but you will forever be in my prayers. Ill never forget how great of a man you were.”

The incident is under investigation.