Spc Michael Wagnon, US Army, Accused & Charged with Killing Afghan Civilian, Murder Charges Later Dropped (2010)

Specialist Michael Wagnon is seen in this undated handout.

Spc. Michael Wagnon, US Army

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CWO2 Billie Grinder, US Army, Died of a Non Combat-Related Accident in Qayyarah, Iraq (2010)

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CW02 Billie Grinder, US Army

CW02 Billie J. Grinder, 25, US Army, died of a non combat related accident on February 21, 2010 in Qayyarah, Iraq. CW02 Grinder was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the 1st Squadron, 230th Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard in Louisville, Tennessee. CW02 Grinder died from wounds suffered when her OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter had a hard landing as a result of a helicopter systems failure. Her family sued the makers of the helicopter and settled.

“One of the U.S. Army’s most advanced helicopters is unsafe and responsible for the deaths of two Tennessee troops, a lawsuit filed in Knox County Circuit Court claims. The suit alleges the failure of the Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) system in a Kiowa OH-58D Warrior helicopter was a direct and proximate cause in the deaths of troops Marcus R. Alford Sr. and Billie Jean Grinder.” -Knoxville News Sentinel

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Captain Marcus Alford, US Army, Died of a Non Combat-Related Accident in Qayyarah, Iraq (2010)

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Captain Marcus Alford, US Army

Captain Marcus Alford, US Army, died of a non combat related accident on February 21, 2010 in Qayyarah, Iraq. Captain Alford was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the 1st Squadron, 230th Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard in Louisville, Tennessee. Captain Alford died from wounds suffered when his OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter had a hard landing as a result of a helicopter systems failure. His family sued the makers of the helicopter and settled.

“One of the U.S. Army’s most advanced helicopters is unsafe and responsible for the deaths of two Tennessee troops, a lawsuit filed in Knox County Circuit Court claims. The suit alleges the failure of the Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) system in a Kiowa OH-58D Warrior helicopter was a direct and proximate cause in the deaths of troops Marcus R. Alford Sr. and Billie Jean Grinder.” -Knoxville News Sentinel

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Lance Cpl Joshua Birchfield, US Marine Corps, Died from Injuries Sustained in an Insider Attack in Farah Province, Afghanistan (2010)

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Lance Cpl. Joshua Birchfield, US Marine Corps

Lance Cpl. Joshua Birchfield, 24, US Marine Corps, died of injuries sustained in an insider attack on February 19, 2010 in Farah Province, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Birchfield was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on behalf of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, California. According to the Department of Defense, this incident is under investigation.

[The NCIS report] “stated that an Afghan court convicted the contractor who shot Birchfield and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. The name of the killer, working as a guard for a construction company, was redacted. He opened fire after spotting a group of men with guns who turned out to be US Marines.” -The Telegraph

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Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Caughman, US Navy, Died of a Non Combat-Related Injury in Kuwait (2010)

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Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Caughman, US Navy

Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Caughman, 43, US Navy, died of a non combat related injury on February 15, 2010 in Kuwait. Petty Officer 1st Class Caughman was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty-Two, a Seabee unit at the Fort Worth Naval Air Station in Texas.

“A Seabee supporting Operation Enduring Freedom died Tuesday in Kuwait, the Defense Department announced Thursday. His cause of death was not provided, but the Naval Safety Center Web site said an E-6 died after a PT run.” -Honor the Fallen

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Pfc Adriana Alvarez, US Army, Died of a Non Combat-Related Incident in Baghdad, Iraq (2010)

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Pfc Adriana Alvarez, US Army

Pfc Adriana Alvarez, 20, US Army, died of a non combat related incident on February 10, 2010 in Baghdad, Iraq. Pfc. Alvarez was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. According to the Department of Defense, the incident is under investigation.

“The U.S. Army policewoman was found Wednesday in Baghdad with a gunshot wound, her sister said. Military officials were investigating Alvarez’s death, her sister said.” ~Brownsville, The Herald

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