Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Tuesday, March 15, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.
Killed is Staff Sergeant Travis M. Tompkins, age 31, of Lawton, Oklahoma. He was a military policeman with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
Tompkins joined the U.S. Army in January 2000. His previous duty stations include Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Carson, Colorado, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, the Netherlands and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Tompkins has previously deployed to Saudi Arabia from September 2001 - March 2002. He arrived to Fort Polk in June 2009 and deployed with his unit in October 2010.
Tompkins's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, 4 Army Achievement Medals, 3 Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge and the Basic Marksman Qualification Badge.
Tompkins is survived by his wife, two children, mother and father.