Release Nr: 1308-10
August 30, 2013
Fort Drum Public Affairs
10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team was killed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan Wednesday August 28 of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an IED, small arms and indirect fire.
Killed is Staff Sergeant Michael H. Ollis, age 24, of Staten Island, New York. He was an infantryman.
Ollis joined the Army in August 2006. After training at Fort Hamilton, New York and Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Smith Barracks, Germany and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Ollis arrived at Fort Drum in November 2011. He previously deployed to Iraq in April 2008 to May 2009 and Afghanistan in June 2010 to May 2011. Ollis deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2013.
Ollis’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicles and Tracked Vehicles.
Ollis completed the Airborne School, the Ranger Course, the Infantry School, the Special Operations Senior Site Exploitation Course, the Air Assault School, the Combat Life Savers Course, the Command Language Program German Head Start Course, and the Medium Tactical Vehicle Course.
Ollis is survived by his mother and father.