Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker, 26, of Arlington, Kansas, died Feb. 19 in Baghdad, from a non-combat related incident.
Schoenecker was assigned to the 89th Sustainment Brigade, Wichita, Kansas. The unit’s deployment to Iraq began last June, according to Stars and Stripes.
Schoenecker enlisted in the Army in May 2009 and was on her first deployment to Iraq.
The month before she left she talked about her deployment and said she planned to take many family photos with her overseas, with friends on her Facebook page. Now tributes are posted there by people who loved her and members of the vast military family honoring her service.
A GoFundMe campaign is underway to help her family with travel and funeral costs, and perhaps create a memorial in her name.
The military didn’t release any details about her death, only that she was in Baghdad at the time. The incident is under investigation, which is typical for non-combat deaths.
The incident is under investigation.
“We express deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sgt. Christina Marie Schoenecker,” Frankie Murphy, the command executive officer for the 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command, said in a statement.
“We’ve lost a valuable member of our team, and she will be sorely missed.”
Schoenecker was a human resources specialist, who was promoted to sergeant in January 2015.
She had received the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Service Ribbon, and the National Defense Service Medal.
Schoenecker was the third soldier to die since the beginning of 2018 in the ongoing, U.S.-led fight against ISIS called Operation Inherent Resolve.
All three deaths were non-combat related, the military said.
Capt. Dean Sprouting, a 46-year-old Scottish soldier, died on Jan. 31 in an accident at Al Asad Air Base in Anbar Province, west of Baghdad, the British Defense Ministry said.
The cause of his death was just announced last week: He was hit by a forklift truck when he was returning from a run at the airbase, which is used to train Iraqi soldiers to fight against ISIS.
Also in January, Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan of Fort Mill, S.C., died a month before his 25th birthday in Anbar Province, also in a non-combat incident.
The young husband and father who wanted to own his own gym someday was assigned to the 16th Signal Company, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. He died on Jan. 8.
He had a service with full military honors.
His wife, Raven Sullivan, told her hometown newspaper, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, that the loss of her husband, who had told her not to worry about him while he was away, hit home when their 3-year-old daughter, Mahogany, said at his grave, “Daddy’s in my heart.”
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