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Fort Campbell Soldier dies due to illness

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyFort Campbell, KY – A 101st Airborne Division Soldier died February 24th, after being medically evacuated from Kandahar, Afghanistan for treatment of a non-combat related illness.

The Soldier died, under hospice care, of metastatic liver cancer.

Staff Sgt. Jerome Firtamag

Staff Sgt. Jerome Firtamag

Staff Sgt. Jerome FirtamagStaff Sgt. Jerome Firtamag, 29, of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, was an Avionic Radar Repairer assigned to Bravo Company, 96th Combat Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). 

He joined the Army in March 2003 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2007. His awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Army Good Conduct Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Firtamag is survived by his wife, Kimberley Firtamag of Hopkinsville, KY; father, John Firtamag and mother, Ruth Giyeg both of San Antonio, Texas.

Fort Campbell holds a monthly Eagle Remembrance Ceremony to honor fallen Screaming Eagles. The next ceremony will be held March 9th at 4:00pm at the Family Resource Center.

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