The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Brian E. Ritzberg, 24, of New York, died April 2 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat operations in Kirkuk, Iraq. Ritzberg was assigned to the 977th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.
For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the Fort Riley public affairs office at (785) 239-3410.