JBLM: 4th Stryker Brigade Soldier killed in Afghanistan

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD – Military officials confirmed a local service member has been killed overseas. Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams, 25, died on Monday in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from wounds he suffered when his unit was attacked.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

According to his military records, the New Carlisle, Ohio, native joined the Army in 2005. He deployed to Iraq as a rifleman from September 2009-August 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan as a Squad Leader in November.

Staff Sgt. Williams’ civilian and military education includes a High School diploma (2005), Military Occupational Specialty 11B: Infantryman (2005), Airborne School (2005) and the Warrior Leaders Course (2011).

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (Numeral “3”), NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and Parachutist Badge.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.