NEWS RELEASE: 2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldier killed May 12 identified
FORT DRUM – The Department of Defense today identified the 10th Mountain Division Soldier who was killed in Iraq May 12 along with three other 'Polar Bears' from 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment.
Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, 23, was an infantryman assigned to Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment.
Three other Soldiers from Schober's unit who went missing following the attack remain classified as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown. Those Soldiers are Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty
A native of Reno, Nev., Schober enlisted in June 2001 and completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga.
In March 2002, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division based of Fort Drum.
Schober previously deployed to Iraq with the 'Polar Bears' of 4-31 Inf. from April 2003 to March 2004 and from January to June 2005.
He is a graduate of the Combat Life Saver Course.
Schober's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
He is survived by his father and mother.
Commanders in Iraq believe that the three missing Soldiers are in the custody of al Qaeda linked or affiliated group. The U.S. military proceeds along the assumption that the Soldiers are alive and every effort is being made to secure their repatriation.
More than 4,000 U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers continue to the search for the missing 2nd Brigade Combat Team infantrymen. A reward of $200,000 is currently offered for information leading to the Soldier's whereabouts.
The Soldiers previously identified as killed in the attack were Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell, Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya and Pfc. Christopher E. Murphy.
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team deployed to Iraq in August 2006 and was notified that their deployment would be adjusted to 15 months.
Among the unit's early successes in Iraq was securing the Yusufiyah power plant located on the Euphrates River, some 25 miles southwest of Baghdad in late October 2006. This is the unit's second deployment to Iraq since the invasion in 2003.