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Army Sgt. Kyle B. Stout

Died July 30, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


25, of Texarkana, Texas; assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 30 near Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Spc. Michael L. Stansbery.

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Army sgt. recalled as loyal, selfless

The Associated Press

Kyle Stout’s family is remembering him as a loyal, dedicated and selfless soldier who loved serving his country.

Friends and acquaintances posting on an online memorial website described him as courageous, outgoing and fun-loving. They said he obviously cared for his soldiers and was always smiling.

One woman, who identified herself only as Christy, wrote that Stout was “extremely sincere and genuine.” She said Stout visited her on slow afternoons at the restaurant where she worked to entertain her and “never had a mean thing to say to or about anyone or anything.”

The 25-year-old native of Texarkana, Texas, died July 30 of injuries from an improvised explosive device that went off near a security checkpoint in Kandahar.

Stout, who attended Texas High School in Texarkana, joined the Army in July 2006 and became a canon crew member. He was assigned to Fort Campbell and had deployed to Iraq from October 2007 to November 2008.

In his down time, his favorite hobbies included hunting, fishing and hanging out with friends, his family said.

He’s survived by his parents, Billy and Robin Stout; an older brother, Michael; and an older sister, Melissa.

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101st announces deaths of Campbell soldiers

The (Clarksville Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle

Fort Campbell announced Aug. 3 the deaths of two 101st Airborne Division soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

* Sgt. Kyle B. Stout, 25, of Texarkana, Texas, died July 30 when an improvised explosive device exploded near a security checkpoint in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, according to a Fort Campbell news release.

Stout was a cannon crewmember (artilleryman) assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He entered the Army in July 2006 and arrived at Fort Campbell in November 2006.

Stout's awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Air Assault Badge; Driver and Mechanic Badge — Wheeled Vehicle and Weapons Qualification: M4, expert.

Stout is survived by his parents, Billy M. and Robin C. Stout of Wake Village, Texas, according to the release.

* Spc. Michael L. Stansbery Jr., 21, of Mount Juliet, died July 30 when his dismounted patrol encountered an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Stansbery was a cannon crewmember (artilleryman) assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He entered the Army in September 2007 and arrived at Fort Campbell in April 2010, the release said.

Stanbery's awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; and Weapons Qualification: M4, expert.

Stansbery is survived by his parents, Michael L. Stansbery Sr., and Tammy Stansbery of Mount Juliet.

Memorial ceremonies for both soldiers will be held in Afghanistan.
 


Texarkana to dedicate bridge for 2 fallen soldiers

The Associated Press

TEXARKANA, Ark. — The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has granted Miller County permission to designate a bridge in honor of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Officials hope to designate the North State Line Avenue bridge across Interstate 30 as the Kyle Brandon Stout/Zainah Creamer Memorial Bridge. A sign has already been placed on the Texas side of the bridge.

The Texarkana Gazette reported that the bridge straddling the state line will honor one fallen soldier from Arkansas and one from Texas.

Creamer graduated from Arkansas High School in Texarkana and was killed in January 2011 in Afghanistan, where she worked as a dog handler with the 212th Military Police Detachment. She was 28.

Stout was a native of Wake Village, Texas, and died in July 2010 while serving near Kandahar. He was 25.

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