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101st Airborne Division identifies Soldier swept away in creek Friday


Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldier whose body was recovered in a Fort Campbell creek Tuesday has been identified.

The Soldier is identified as Spc. Dhaifal Ali, 34, from Arlington, Texas, was assigned to the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade.

The search for Dhaifal, who was swept away by strong currents Friday, lasted five days before being located by recovery personnel yesterday. He was found approximately 500 meters from the area he was initially swept away at the low water crossing over Little West Fork Creek on Fort Campbell.

Fort Campbell, KY. Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) "Screaming Eagles". (Sam Shore)

Fort Campbell, KY. Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) “Screaming Eagles”. (Sam Shore)

Fort Campbell and Montgomery County (Tennessee) Emergency Services were immediately called to assist in the search for him after receiving notification he had been swept away.

Saturday, the search for Dhaifal was officially changed from search and rescue to search and recovery.

Dhaifal joined the Army in March 2013 and graduated from Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonardwood, MO, where he became a Motor Transport Operations Specialist. He arrived at Fort Campbell in February 2016.

Dhaifal’s awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

The incident is still under investigation.




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