FORT BRAGG, N.C - An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper was killed in Iraq when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated during a patrol outside Mosul.
1st Lieutenant Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia, was an infantry officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
"1st Lieutenant Wes Lee was an extraordinary young man and officer. He was exactly the type of leader that our Paratroopers deserve," said Col. Pat Work, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team. "Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time."
1st. Lt. Lee joined the Army in March 2015 and, following the Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course, was assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division as a platoon leader. He deployed to Iraq in December 2016. This was his first deployment.
1st. Lt. Lee's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, and the Army Service Ribbon. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
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