FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Two 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers were killed in Iraq on August 13 while engaging the enemy with artillery. The U.S. Army is investigating the incident.
Sergeant Allen L. Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas, and Sergeant Roshain E. Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were canon crewmembers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Stigler was posthumously promoted from Specialist to Sergeant.
“Sergeants Brooks and Stigler were courageous patriots and Paratroopers who served our coalition and the people of Iraq with extraordinary commitment,” said Col. Pat Work, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. “Our team extends its most sincere condolences to their Families and friends. Their personal commitments to our campaign against ISIS were extraordinary and we are incredibly proud to have served with them.”
Sgt. Stigler joined the Army in November 2013. Following Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to the Second Infantry Division in Camp Casey, Korea from May 2014 to June 2015. In July 2015, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. This was his first combat deployment.
Sgt. Stigler’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with “C” Device, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, and the Parachutist Badge.
Sgt. Brooks joined the Army in July 2012. Following Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas. In 2016, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. He deployed to Afghanistan from June to November 2014. This was his first deployment to Iraq.
Sgt. Brooks’ awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with “C” Device, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Sgt. Stigler and Sgt. Brooks were posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Action Badge.