The Department of Defense announced the death of a soldier deployed to Syria on Friday. His death occured Februay 1st, just days before the successful Special Forces raid of the ISIS leader’s compound in Syria.
The soldier died near the small village of Tell Beydar, which is approximately 25 miles south of the Turkey border.
Spc. Alex J. Ram, a 20-year-old cavalry scout from Rancho Cucamonga, California died in a “non-combat related incident,” according to the DoD release.
Ram was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment -part of the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade- and had only been in the Army since in January 2020.
“The passing of [Ram] is an unfortunate loss for the entire Raider team,” his brigade commander, Col. Andrew Steadman, said in a news release. “We want to convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this time of mourning. Every Soldier fills an important role in the Raider Brigade, and losing Alex is particularly tough. … [He] will be deeply missed.”
According to the Army Times, 1st Stryker Brigade deployed to Iraq and Syria in September of last year as part of Opertaion Inherent Resolve.
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