RELEASE NUMBER: 070123-01
DATE POSTED: JANUARY 23, 2007
Civil Affairs Soldier dies in Iraq
U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological
Operations Command (Airborne)
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USACAPOC News Service,
Jan. 23, 2007) - An Army Reserve civil affairs Soldier died Jan.
20, near Karbala, Iraq, from wounds sustained when his CA team
encountered both mortar and small arms fire there.
Capt. Brian S. Freeman, 31, a civil affairs
officer assigned to the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, Whitehall,
Ohio, a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological
Operations Command (Airborne), died while deployed in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A resident of Temecula, Calif., Freeman
first entered the Army Aug. 21, 1995, at the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point, N.Y. Upon graduation in spring of 1999, he joined
the active-duty Army for a five-year tour.
He served as an armor officer at Fort Knox,
Ky., and then as a team member in the U.S. Army's World Class
Athlete Program, Fort Carson, Colo. He completed his tour in
spring of 2004 and transferred to the Inactive Ready Reserve.
In September 2005, he began mobilizing
in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the
412th CA Battalion during the spring of 2006 and deployed to
Iraq shortly thereafter.
Freeman's military awards included two
Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, National
Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device, Army Service
Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault
Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge.
CPT Freeman is survived by his wife, Charlotte,
and his two children, ages 3 and 1, all of Temecula, Calif. He
is also survived by his father, Randy, and step mother, Kathy,
of Bakersfield, Calif., his mother, Kathy Snyder and step father,
Al, of Mendon, Utah. Lastly, Freeman is also survived by his
grandmother (paternal) Dottie, of Bakersfield, Calif., and his
grandparents (maternal), Dwight and Irene Pound, of Solano Beach,
CPT Freeman was a former member of the
Army World Class Athlete Program who competed in bobsled and
skeleton with the U.S. national team in 2003. He won a bronze
medal as a four-man sled brakeman at a 2002 America's Cup race.