Two Fort Riley soldiers killed over Veteran’s Day weekend

Two Fort Riley soldiers killed over Veteran’s Day weekend

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Two Fort Riley soldiers have died recently in separate combat incidents.

Capt. James D. Nehl, 37, of Gardiner, Ore. was killed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire on Nov. 9.  He was an infantry officer assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

Nehl joined the Army in 2007 and arrived at Fort Riley in May. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan. He had previously deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Stiltz, 26, of Spokane, Wash., died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire on Nov. 12. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., as an infantryman.

Stiltz was the middle of three children and is also survived by his parents and wife. He arrived at Fort Riley in February 2006. This was his third deployment, as he served two deployments to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Stiltz was posthumously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. His family learned of his death on Monday, the day after Veteran’s Day.