RI National Guard Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

The Adjutant General of Rhode Island, and Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, Major General Kevin McBride, regretfully announces the death of a deployed member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard.

Spc. Dennis Weichel of C Company, 1st Battalion, 143 Infantry, was killed in Afghanistan. Spc. Weichel died as a result of an accident involving an Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle while conducting security operations in Laghman Province on March 22, 2012. C/1/143 mobilized to Camp Atterbury, Indiana in November 2012 and recently moved forward to Afghanistan earlier this month.

Weichel had been a member of the Rhode Army National Guard since 2001. Spc. Weichel deployed in 2005 as a member of 3/172 Det 2 Mountain Infantry in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“Sadly, today we realized the death of a Rhode Island National Guard Soldier in a combat zone and we are once again reminded of the enduring sacrifice our Soldiers and Airmen have made, and continue to make, in service to this great country.

Tragically, Spc. Weichel has made the supreme sacrifice and at this time, we are mindful of the impact of that sacrifice on his family and friends. I pledge this command's perpetual support to Spc. Weichel's family; his children Nicholas, Hope and Madison and his parents Linda Reynolds and Dennis Weichel. We leave no Soldier behind….and we will not leave Spc. Weichel's family behind.”