Army SSG Alicia Birchett, 29, died of injuries suffered from a non-combat related vehicle accident in Baghdad, Iraq on August 9, 2007. SSG Birchett was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the 887th Engineer Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. At the time of the Department of Defense August 15th press release, the incident was under investigation. According to media reports, her family said Alicia was fatally injured when the brakes of a military truck failed while she changed a tire.
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Army Staff Sgt. Alicia A. Birchett
Sgt. Alicia Birchett: 101st Airborne soldier dies in Iraq 8-07
August: Department of Defense Casualties Report (2007)
Non Combat Deaths of Female Soldiers in the US Military (Iraq)
Violent Crime, Suicide & Non Combat Death at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (US Army)
Tonight at a yoga benefit we all gathered to raise money for the Home Base program as well as pay tribute to those soldiers who have fallen. I was given Alicia’s name on a card and I lit a candle in remembrance of her service and sacrifice. I have deep gratitude for her sacrifice and send my condolences to her family and friends for their loss. When I came home from the benefit I looked up her story and although I never met her, I will keep her in my thoughts always. Rest in Peace Alicia.