Saturday, January 5, 2008
N.M. Native Killed in Iraq
By Jeff Proctor
Journal Staff Writer
An Albuquerque-born military intelligence officer was killed Thursday during combat operations in As Sadiyah, Iraq, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
U.S. Army Capt. Thomas J. Casey, of the Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan., died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire, according to the Defense Department.
Also killed in the attack was 37-year-old Maj. Andrew J. Olmstead of Colorado Springs, the Defense Department said.
Casey, 32, his wife and two small children had lived in Reno, Nev., said April Conway, a spokeswoman for the Nevada National Guard.
Casey is the first soldier with New Mexico ties to die this year.
Last year was the deadliest for New Mexico troops serving in Iraq and for U.S. military forces overall. Six Army soldiers and three Marines from or with close ties to New Mexico were killed last year in Iraq. One New Mexican was killed in Afghanistan.
Casey's father lives in Albuquerque.
Casey attended high school in Albuquerque, Conway said, but she did not know which school. He graduated from one of the state's universities with a dual degree in Portuguese and Spanish.
She said Casey was a linguist for a few years with the Army. He studied Korean during that time.
The unit Casey was assigned to in Iraq for which he served as a military intelligence officer was "helping to train Iraqi nationals," Conway said.
She had no information on Casey's funeral arrangements.